The Penelopiad Author:Margaret Atwood In Homer's account, Penelope's story is the salutary tale of the constant wife. It is she who rules Odysseus' kingdom of Ithaca during his twenty-year absence at the Trojan War. When Odysseus finally returns - having vanquished monsters, slept with goddesses and endured many other well-documented hardships - he kills the group of over 100 suit... more »ors of Penelope and also, curiously, twelve of Penelope's maids.
In a splendid contemporarary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking, "What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?" In Atwood's dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing.« less