Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meet the Woman Who Put Achilles on the Bestseller List. THE SONG OF ACHILLES: A NOVEL by Madeline Miller

MADELINE MILLERTHE SONG OF ACHILLES BY MADELINE MILLERWe are absolutely delighted in-house that Madeline Miller's debut novel, The Song of Achilles, has just entered the New York Times extended bestseller list for the week of March 25th. The Song of Achilles is a thrilling and unique retelling of the Homer's Iliad and the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart.

At ten, Patroclus, a small, awkward prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia, to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. The “best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences and the fury of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals, the boys become steadfast companions, their bond deepening as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles, little knowing that the cruel Fates will test them as never before, and demand a terrible sacrifice.

The Song of Achilles becomes a quiet love story, one so moving that I was reluctant to move on to the war and Homer’s tale of perverted honor and stubborn pride. But Miller segues into that more public story with grace. Her battle scenes are tense and exciting, as the young, half-divine Achilles comes into his own: Aristos Achaion, greatest of Greeks. By the end of the story, she has matured her characters by another 10 years of warfare. It’s beautifully done.”—Washington Post

The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan War and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.”—Ann Patchett

Would you like to have the opportunity to meet the highly accomplished author Madeline Miller? Miller’s author tour has just launched and continues throughout the year, so be on the lookout for her when she comes to your town.

A list of Madeline Millers author appearances can be found here.

Author photo of Madeline Miller by Nina Subin

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