Maria Dahvana Headley with Nicola Griffith
This month brings us at least two audacious, brilliantly accomplished recastings of old stories writ anew; one is Preti Taneja’s rendering of King Lear to present-day India in We That Are Young (see September 24). The other is Maria Dahvana Headley’s staggering retelling of Beowulf to present-day suburbia here in the U.S., in her dazzling new novel, The Mere Wife (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Maria Dahvana Headley, who used to call Seattle home, will be joined in conversation here this evening by Nicola Griffith, author most recently of So Lucky, and prior to that, Hild.
"[A] stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we 'other' those different from ourselves... A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor." —Booklist.
"The Mere Wife is an astonishing reinterpretation of Beowulf: Beowulf in suburbia—epic, operatic, and razor-sharp, a story not of a thick-thewed thegn, but of women at war, as wives and warriors, mothers and matriarchs. Their chosen weapons are as likely to be swords as public relations, and they wield both fearlessly. They rule, and they fight." —Nicola Griffith.
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