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Soho Press, 2011 - Fiction - 292 pages
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In Greek mythology, Alcestis is known as the good wife - she loved her husband so much that she died to save his life and was sent to the underworld in his place. In this poetic and vividly imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal, bringing to life the world of Mycenaean Greece and the part of the story that has never been told: how Alcestis falls in love with the goddess Persephone and discovers the true horror and beauty of death.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Started out great, giving Alcestis' backstory while growing up and was good through her marriage, but I lost her when we got to Hades and her adventures there. I skimmed most of it set in Hades, then ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheIdleWoman - LibraryThing

A curious book, beautifully written with elegant prose and a very vivid visual sense of the scenes being described, which nevertheless feels rather empty at times. There was much I liked about it: the ... Read full review

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Katharine Beutner grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in classical studies from Smith College in 2003 and an MA in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she is currently a PhD student in eighteenth-century British literature.

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