A retelling of the story of the fall of Troy told from a woman’s perspective — but not just any woman, a queen, Briseis, who becomes a slave when captured. Her rape and subsequent life as a piece of property owned by Achilles form the center of this story. It is a story about a particular time and place, but also a timeless story of the plight of women in a war zone.Recommended by Miriam S.
A Legacy of Spies brings us back to the familiar world of George Smiley, Peter Guilliam, and the Circus. We can once again enjoy the deft hand of Le Carré as he unravels a mystery begun in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. This book masterfully recaptures the feel of Le Carré’s best novels, and the only sadness is you know that this is our last encounter with these characters.Recommended by Miriam S.
If Jane Austen lived in England in 1914, she would have written this book. Summer Before the War provides an insightful and compassionate look at a world heading towards tragedy, told through the eyes of a young woman newly situated in the countryside. She is a keen observer of small-town life about to undergo the tremendous changes of the beginning of the 20th century.Recommended by Miriam S.