Book Review: Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro

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Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro (it’s on my bookshelf now!). Photo by Poetic Parfait.

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 ZeusΒ 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!

To get Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro, it is available at Amazon,Β andΒ you can learn more about it at the author’s blog Eternal Atlantis. Follow her on Twitter too!

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66 thoughts on “Book Review: Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro

  1. Janine Huldie

    I love that you are now doing book reviews here now, because as you know I totally added this to my site this year, too. I sadly though haven’t read much the past few eels as it has been crazy here and this past week had the girls home sick for a good portion of it, but still going to try to add this book (thanks) to my ever growing list!! πŸ™‚

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  2. mihrank

    Christy – impressive – Five stories, five women, five legends.

    The collection of short stories by Luciana Cavallaro is a retelling of Greek myths about cursed women and godesses, but with a different twist from what we originally read. These myths are told from the perspective of different storytellers: a Minoan princess writing her last account after taking poison; a historian interviewing Helen of Troy; a talk show host interviewing Hera; a parent telling the story of Pandora; and Medusa’s story in retrospect. Based on the storyteller, the plot unfolds differently than what was handed down through various generations from the male perspective.

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  3. Aquileana

    What an interesting approach…
    Greek mythology has taught me many things regarding human behaviours that are still in force nowadays… Your overview on Luciana Cavallaro’s book is intriguing and and so the narrative structure of her book is…
    I bought ‘Accursed Women’ and I am looking forward to reading it!.
    Thanks for sharing Christy ⭐
    Hugs and happy weekend ahead to you, Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Aqui,
      What a wonderful sentiment you made in your comment about how ancient Greek myths are relevant to today’s world. It’s very intriguing how Luciana ties those concepts together in her book! I am excited for you to read the book too πŸ™‚ HUGS and happy day ahead to you too!

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  4. Letizia

    I like the idea of taking different myths and putting a spin on it – sounds like a good book. Looking forward to your book reviews. Have a lovely weekend, Christy.

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  5. irinadim

    Since I’ve been following Aquileana’s posts on Greek mythology, my appetite for Greek gods and goddesses is growing. This book sounds very interesting according to your review.

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  6. prior

    well how cool to share a quick review after you finish a book – I think this is good idea – to do them as you go – much better than doing too many at one time – lol – have a great weekend

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  7. Dee

    I will look forward to your book reviews, Christy. I read greek mythology as a child and am always glad to see new versions on literature classics. Hope your Saturday is going well.

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  8. Rajagopal

    Books review from your side is a great initiative
    Christy, specially of network friends like
    Luciano. Mythology is an interesting
    field and you are contributing to the
    writer’s effort to get the stories to reach
    a wider audience…

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  9. macjam47

    I’m glad to know you are going to be doing book reviews here. Most of the books I read come from recommendations of others. This books sounds great, so I will definitely be adding it to my TBR pile.

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  10. Jacqui Murray

    That’s how I started my book reviews. I’d read a book that I wanted to tell the world about! So the blog poured out. And then I had a ton of them. I love reading my own reviews because it reminds me how much fun each of the books was.

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  11. leighmac17

    Great idea to add a book review to your site. I think I might try it. I don’t know a lot about Greek myths. I somehow missed it in school. this sounds like a good book to help me learn more and learn in an interesting manner. I read Louise Gliick’s book Meadowlands and loved it. It was a contemporary story in poems about the Odyssey. Great poetry… if you haven’t read it!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      That’s great to hear you might add book reviews to your site too. I think it will help us learn about new books and be able to share feedback on them too! I hadn’t heard of Meadowlands so I will have to check it out. I hope you like the book I recommended here too!

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  12. Molly Mortensen

    I’m glad you’re starting to review books too. I started out with a writing blog and then the reviews just kind of took it over. So be careful! πŸ™‚

    I love Greek Mythology, so this looks good.

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  13. Dalo 2013

    I will have to check this out, I like the idea you mentioned where the grandfather is telling his grandchildren about Greek myths…give the reader a very different perspective. Sounds like fun πŸ™‚

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  14. psychopathsgetbored28

    Oh my! You know, my friend asked me to read ‘Accursed Women’ and I’d always avoid the topic ’cause Greek mythology is interesting but can get a bit too twisted for me – I never knew it had a modern day twist to it. I will definitely give it a try now, after reading your review! πŸ™‚

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  15. D.G.Kaye

    Great review Christy! I will have to check out this book, the new spin on these mythological women sounds fascinating. Reading Aquileana’s blog has kind of got me back hooked on mythology. Loving that you will be doing reviews! xo ❀

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  16. Resa

    Sounds amazing! As a new comer (thanks to Aquileana) to Mythology, this sounds fascinating.
    Also, your “book reviews” are a wonderful idea, and I am interested in reading all of them. However, I get little time to actually read beyond reviews.(which I enjoy!)

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