Madeline Miller

Watermark Books & Café will host Madeline Miller for an author talk and signing of Circe on Friday, Sep. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 West 2nd St N. To RSVP for this event, click HERE.

Staff Reviews

Circe, a character briefly mentioned in "The Odyssey," is fully realized in Madeline Miller's retelling. Weakest and most despised of the gods, Circe's exile turns out to be her greatest boon, allowing her the independence to come into her own as a powerful witch. Despite her vulnerability, Circe is fearlessly defiant in the face of injustice, making her relevant to the current moment - a powerful woman hero when such icons are so badly needed.

— Anastasia Metzger


"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER--NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYNPR, The Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor and Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider

About the Author

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Event date: 

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Advanced Learning Library, 711 West 2nd St N
Wichita, KS 67203
Staff Pick Badge
Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Available to order! Usually Ships in 3-5 Days.
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Event Category: