Published by
Penguin Books (2013-09-24)
Original language
English
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Historical adventure fiction
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XO ORPHEUS

Fifty New Myths

by Bernheimer, Kate

Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world.

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Aimee Bender retells the myth of the Titans. Madeline Miller retells the myth of Galatea. Kevin Wilson retells the myth of Phaeton, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone. Heidi Julavits retells the myth of Orpheus and Euridice.
Ron Currie, Jr. retells the myth of Dedalus. Maile Meloy retells the myth of Demeter. Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus. Joy Williams retells the myth of Argos, Odysseus’ dog. If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.

Kate Bernheimer is the editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and the founder and editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review. Author of the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, among many other books, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona.

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The result is an abundant and often impressive collection, addressing a wildly varied cast of characters who, like the doomed Orpheus, often confound us with their need to peer back over their shoulders. . . . Bern–heimer’s previous anthology, “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me,” sought to restore some glory to the sanitized and Disneyfied fairy tales many of us grew up on. In this anthology, Bernheimer has set her goal on restoring something even more precious.

Quote: The New York Times Book Review

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