REVIEW: Ithaca

This is an Odyssey retelling as told by Hera. We get more of a focus on Penelope and the women who surround her as she waits for the return of Odysseus. 

The thing about retellings is that they should either give us new insight or be more accessible than the original. I’m not sure if this book did that. It is dense with characters and flowery writing, which to me is just like the original myths. That’s not to say that this is not well done, it’s just that others have done it better. Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Barker’s The Silence of the Girls or Haynes A Thousand Ships are better feminist retellings of these myths. The characters here are pretty narrowly portrayed and just don’t have the richness of other stories in this world.

Thanks to Redhook Books and Libro.FM for advanced access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.

If you’ve read the Odyssey, what’s your favorite trial that Odysseus faces? 

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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