Wednesday, August 03, 2011 Posted by Dina N
The award-winning author of The Four Seasons retells The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus and Penelope's daughter.
Xanthe is the brave, beautiful daughter of Odysseus and Penelope - and potential heir to the throne of Ithaca. But the royal court is in upheaval. A battle is being waged inside the palace, and upstairs, Xanthe is barricaded in her chambers - her only way to avoid the rapacious suitors who will do anything to become king, even if it means murdering her brother and abducting her as a bride.
With her father Odysseus gone for twenty years and the threat of defeat closer than ever, Xanthe turns to her loom to weave the adventures of her life, from her upbringing among servants and slaves, to the years spent in hiding with her mother’s cousin, Helen of Troy - from whom Xanthe learned the pleasures of friendship and the ecstasy of goddess worship - to the passion of her sexual awakening in the arms of the man she loves.
And when a man dressed as a beggar appears at the palace, home after twenty years, Xanthe will stand before her loom, wondering who will be the one to decide her future: a suitor she loathes, a brother she cannot respect, or a father who doesn’t know who she is...
Penelope's Daughter takes place at the time of the Trojan War yet the book sounds surprisingly modern. Ms. Corona pens a spellbinding story about the women who are left behind. What if Odysseus left Penelope expecting a baby, and he had a daughter he - and Homer - never knew about? Xanthe grows up to become a beautiful woman, carrying the burden of being a princess and of never knowing if she'd ever meet her father.
Ms. Corona writes with beauty and passion, masterfully transporting readers to another time. Her characters are complex and well developed, her descriptions of life in ancient Ithaca and Troy are vivid and compelling.I loved reading Xanthe's story. I highly recommend Ms. Corona's books to any fan of historical fiction.
Penelope's Daughter is available on Amazon in paperback at a very attractively price right now. Check out Laurel Corona's other work on her website, and read my review of Finding Emilie if you missed it.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.