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Slow to start, but it picked up very quickly. I love how the theme of grief plays out. I love how the story explores the ability of women to tell their own stories, and how it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikki
The voice was believable. The story imaginative. What not to like?
Easy, thoughtful read
Will read more of this author
There are few historical fiction novels that tempt me reread my Greek Classics texts from college. Beutner's unique take on the Greek myth of Alcestis swayed me towards my packed... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by SherdNerd
2.5 Stars (rounded up to 3)
I've mentioned this before, but I'm a sucker for any book that has to do with Greek mythology. Read more
I loved this book! I thought it was well written and the author did a good job in bringing to life the complicated relationship between fickle Greek Gods and their mortals... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Patricia
Alcestis is an interesting story, and Beutner gives a good go of it for awhile. But after Alcestis's descent into the underworld it becomes dreary enough to make the reader long... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Mohe
Alcestis is a princess from Greek mythology, popularized in Euripides's tragedy of the same name. It is the story of a wife who sacrifices herself in the place of her husband. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Alex C. Telander
Way back in the day, the ancient Greeks understood Alcestis as, quite literally, the perfect wife: In the story, when the time comes for her husband to die, she offers to go in his... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Matthew Merendo
Alcestis is a wonderful first novel from Katharine Beutner, and the only reason I mention it as a first is just because it amazes me that someone can be this good right out of the... Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Richard Wells