Author(s): Pat Barker
One of Vanity Fair's Best Fall Books of 2018
"An important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present."
-Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey
There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent - till now. Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story? Discover the greatest Greek myth of all - retold by the witness history forgot.
For over 10 years the city of Troy has been at war with the Greeks. The author transports the reader effortlessly back to this brutal time of savage wars between men, but from a woman's point of view! Beautiful Briseis, Queen of Lyrnessus, watches as the godlike warrior Achilles kills her father and brothers, by the end of the day she will be his slave. It is now about staying alive and coming to terms with her new situation. Along with the cattle and gold, thousands of women, regarded as spoils of war, are taken and put to work in the laundry, at the loom, as nurses or as concubines. There is a clear feminist message here about the struggle for those women caught in the crossfire, to make their own stories about the real cost of war waged by men. Brilliant, powerful and thought provoking. Lynne