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ISBN13: 9780143122425
ISBN10: 0143122428
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Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse — his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.

Aimee Bender retells the myth of the Titans.

Madeline Miller retells the myth of Galatea.

Kevin Wilson retells the myth of Phaeton, from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone.

Heidi Julavits retells the myth of Orpheus and Euridice.

Ron Currie, Jr. retells the myth of Dedalus.

Maile Meloy retells the myth of Demeter.

Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus.

Joy Williams retells the myth of Argos, Odysseus' dog.

If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world's oldest literary traditions.

About the Author

Kate Bernheimer is the editor of the World Fantasy Award–winning anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and the founder and editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review. The author of novels and childrens books, she lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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MidwestLibrarian, May 9, 2013 (view all comments by MidwestLibrarian)
I am putting together a summer reading book club for my local library and I want to have a myth/folklore portion on the list. I have already read Maile Meloy's "Demeter" in The New Yorker and it was terrific. I know the rest of the collection will be just as good. This would be a great addition to my list of summer reads.
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Fifty New Myths
Bernheimer, Kate
Penguin Books
Anthologies (multiple authors)
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.44 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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