“Atwood rescues Penelope from thousands of years of ho-hum-dom . . . part of Canongate’s innovative new reinventions of the classics.” Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor
“By turns slyly funny and fiercely indignant, Ms. Atwood’s imaginative, ingeniously constructed ‘deconstruction’ of the old tale reveals it in a newand refreshingly differentlight.” Merle Rubin, The Washington Times
For Penelope, Odysseus's wife, running a kingdom while her husband is away fighting in the Trojan War is no simple matter. Already distressed that he had been lured away because of the shocking behavior of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must also raise her wayward son, face scandalous rumors, and keep more than one hundred lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.