An extraordinary follow-up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy, a daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it.
“A significant, powerful, and memorable book.”–Emily Wilson, The Odyssey translator
The Greeks have conquered Troy, and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war–including the women of Troy. They are hoping for a favorable wind in the Aegean.
It will not arrive because the gods have been offended. As King Priam's body lies unburied and desecrated, the victors remain in limbo, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed, as the coalition that held them together begins to fall apart. New suspicions and rivalries emerge as old feuds resurface.
The one-time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles' slave and now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly observes these events, largely unnoticed by her captors. She forms alliances with Priam's aged wife, the defiant Hecuba, and the disgraced soothsayer Calchas when she can, all the while plotting her revenge.... Read More