“Behave like water, I told myself. Don’t try to oppose them. When they try to grasp you, slip through their fingers. Flow around them”
A feminist retelling, Penelope’s slyly brilliant side of the story, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband’s return.
Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder.
The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
“Atwood takes Penelope’s part with tremendous verve … she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling”
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“As potent as a curse”
“Fabulous … Determinedly irreverent”
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“A witty desecration … Atwood plays with vigour and ingenuity”
“Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine”
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008. In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale was adapted for an Emmy-nominated TV series and Alias Grace was adapted into a Netflix Original.