Bring on the book reviews!
I plan to do one from now on every time I finish a book. It will be a new feature for my site. I’ve done a few in the past here, but I plan to do them more regularly now. I hope you enjoy them!
I recently finished reading Accursed Woman by Luciana Cavallaro. It contains five short stories that are all loosely based on Greek myths. Each myth has a female at its center, which is where the title of the book originates.
I found the concept of the book to be quite creative! While the author could have chosen to focus on retelling the Greek myths, she instead puts a spin on them that is playful and intriguing. For example, imagine a grandfather telling his two grandchildren about Pandora, Epimetheus and Zeus around a kitchen table in the present-day world. That is the basis for one of the stories in Accursed Women.
In another of the stories in the book, the great Olympian Goddess Hera is the focus. She is interviewed by a TV show host and tells of her past trials and tribulations with her family to an audience in a theater. Can you imagine watching Hera, live on TV from your couch at home?! This premise made me smile, and I really enjoyed that particular story in the book!
As for the writing, it is clear and compelling in style. Luciana Cavallaro does a good job at adding twists to well-known Greek myths, modernizing them in some way. I enjoyed the read; I recommend it!