Thursday, August 17th, 2017
I am excited to announce that the first chapter of CIRCE is available now as a sneak-peek! EW published it online, along with the fabulous cover for the US edition. The image they use isn’t a photo, so it can’t do the amazing gold effect justice. Below is a picture that hopefully captures a bit more of the dazzle. A fitting cover for a daughter of the sun! The UK cover is very different but equally exciting–I will be posting that soon.
I’ve just sent back the US and UK page proofs, where I sifted through those final snags and typos, so the book is really, truly in the last stage. I’m looking forward to releasing CIRCE into the world, and also getting to catch up on all the books that I missed while I’ve been off working!
Wishing you all a good August and happy reading.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
I was fortunate to get to travel to London a few weeks ago for a visit with my fabulous British publisher, Bloomsbury. They had a pre-proof of Circe waiting for me, and here it is!
This picture definitely does not capture the full gold-lettered glory, but it’s a little peek into what’s coming. They also showed me the official cover, which is stunning and feels just right for the book. Ditto my US cover. I will post pictures of those as I can. By the way, one of the things I love about this cover are all the details. The small icons in each corner, and on the back too, all resonate with elements in the story.
While I was in London, I also had the good fortune to visit the British Museum and have a tour of a number of Circe-related items. Here’s a wonderful mosaic of Oceanos (Okeanos), Circe’s maternal grandfather.
And here’s me with a lion. It’s from the Mausoleum at Helicarnassus, so not remotely Mycenaean but it is from Turkey, and Circe is influenced by Anatolian goddesses in her role as Mistress of the Beasts.
In other Circe news, I’ve just finished my US copyedits for the wonderful Lee Boudreaux books, and will be getting my Advanced Reader Copies of those at the end of August. More news as it comes, and wishing you all a lovely and not-too-hot summer.
Hello! I had previously posted with bold intentions that I was going to offer a list of some of my favorite books of last year, but we are now well into June with no such list! My apologies for that, but there is good reason for the silence: I have been working non-stop on the final edits and copy-edits to CIRCE. I still have a few last checks to do, but by and large the manuscript is finished, and my editor is sending out early bound copies, which is always exciting.
I can now also officially announce my publication dates: April 10th in the US, and May 3rd in the UK. I will be doing some book tour stops for both, which I’m very much looking forward to. When I have that schedule, I will post it both here and in my events.
I will have lots more updates coming down the line, including covers (!) for the two editions, and maybe even excerpts as we draw closer. And I actually am working on a list of some recent books I’ve read/am reading, since there is such a bonanza of Classical offerings out now, including Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta, David Vann’s Bright Air Black and Colm Toibin’s House of Names. But in the meantime, I will leave you with my favorite Homeric description of Circe:
“Fair-tressed Circe, the dread goddess who speaks like a mortal.”– Homer, Odyssey, X.136
(By the way, that word “fair-tressed” is one of those lovely ancient Greek adjectives that makes me so glad I’m not a translator and so appreciative of their art. More literally it’s: “having beautifully dressed hair” but that doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue…)
Happy well-dressed hair and summer to all!
Friday, October 7th, 2016
I am delighted to announce that Circe is going to be published with Bloomsbury in the UK sometime in 2018! I loved working with the fabulous Bloomsbury team on The Song of Achilles, and am thrilled to be returning for Circe.
I also wanted to thank all those who posted kind messages on social media, my website, and elsewhere about the upcoming new book. You have warmed this author’s heart!
Wishing you a wonderful day.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
I am thrilled to be able to announce that my second novel, narrated by Circe, the witch from the Odyssey, is in the hands of my US editor, Lee Boudreaux. The book is scheduled, as of now, to come out in the US early in 2018, published by Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little Brown. I am delighted to be working with Lee again, who was my editor for The Song of Achilles, and can’t wait for Circe to find her way to the shelves. More news as it comes–including, very soon, news on the UK edition!
Wishing you all a happy beginning to autumn!
Reviews“A startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist... a book I could not put down.” Ann Patchett, author of the Orange Prize-winning Bel Canto