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Alcestis

(2010)
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In Greek mythology, Alcestis is known as the good wife; she loved her husband so much that she died to save his life and was sent to the underworld in his place. In this poetic and vividly imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal, bringing to life the world of Mycenaean Greece, a world peopled by capricious gods, where royal women are confined to the palace grounds and passed as possessions from father to husband.

Alcestis tells of a childhood spent with her sisters in the bedchamber where her mother died giving birth to her and of her marriage at the age of fifteen to Admetus, the young king of Pherae, a man she barely knows, who is kind but whose heart belongs to a god. She also tells the part of the story that's never been told: What happened to Alcestis in the three days she spent in the underworld before being rescued by Heracles? In the realm of the dead, Alcestis falls in love with the goddess Persephone and discovers the true horror and beauty of death.

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"An engaging, subversive reimagining of the tale of the eponymous Greek heroine who is upheld as a shining example of the dutiful wife for her selfless sacrifice." - Jacqueline Carey

"A novel that is as intoxicating and hypnotic as the sacred smoke inhaled by the oracles." - Elizabeth Knox


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Hardback Editions

February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Alcestis
Author(s): Katharine Beutner
ISBN: 1-56947-617-9 / 978-1-56947-617-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Alcestis
Author(s): Katharine Beutner
ISBN: 1-56947-875-9 / 978-1-56947-875-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Alcestis
Author(s): Katharine Beutner
Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.
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June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Alcestis
Author(s): Katharine Beutner
Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Alcestis
Author(s): Katharine Beutner
Publisher: Soho Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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