The Penelopiad: The Myth Of Penelope & Odysseus (Text Myth Series)
Telling the story of Homer's Odyssey from the point of view of Penelope and her 12 hanged maids, the bestselling author of Oryx and Crake draws on Greek mythology for Volume 2 in the Myths series. "Homer's 'Odyssey' is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local - a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the 'Odyssey', especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the 'Odyssey': What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the 'Odyssey' doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in 'The Penelopiad', so is Penelope herself." - from Margaret Atwood's Foreword to The Penelopiad First published 2005.
Margaret Atwood's books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She is the author of more than thirty works, which include fiction, poetry and critical essays. Oryx and Crake is her eleventh novel, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2003, as was The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's, and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.