The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am not a huge fan of mythology, but I do really like stories you think you know told from a new perspective and I love Margaret Atwood's writing.
This book, part of The Myths series from Canongate, tells the story of Odysseus from the perspective of Penelope who was waiting at home for him to return.
It is a mixture of Penelope's narrative--which is classic Atwood in tone and style--and poems and songs and such from the chorus of the twelve maids murdered by Odysseus. The mixture works very well as the early chorus sections review the basic tale and then offer alternate views and variations as the story unfolds.
This book counts toward the 10th Canadian Book Challenge.