xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

World Fantasy Award Nominee

Penguin Books
October 2012
Paperback
576 pages
8.44 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Publisher’s Description:Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. 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.

“An abundant and often impressive collection, addressing a wildly varied cast of characters.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Bernheimer . . . does a fantastic job of selecting stories—ranging from archaic and straightforward to contemporary and experimental—without repeating tone or genre. . . . xo Orpheus reads like a dream encyclopedia in which well-known faces become shuffled, obscured and reset in new surroundings. . . . Fans of mythology should have plenty of room for getting lost.” Time Out New York

“Vastly entertaining . . . Fascinating . . . A brilliant showcase of current talent within the short story . . . From Norse, Greek, and Roman myths to Native American coyote myths, there is something for everyone to read in this anthology, and it is definitely a must-read.” —San Francisco Book Review

“In this searing yet ebullient collection, contemporary authors and one graphic artist move beyond merely updating classic myths of multiple cultures by performing gut-rehabs while maintaining the stark, terrifying moments of fate-altering choices. . . . The form is as inventive as the content. . . . Edith Hamilton, the great classicist who made Greek mythology accessible, is officially put on notice by this explosive anthology.” —Booklist, starred review

“Enthralling . . . A courageously wild declaration of a new beginning for the world’s oldest form of storytelling . . . Bernheimer reignites the world of myth in her ingenious new anthology.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating . . . Beautiful . . . It’s proof that the old relationship [between myth and literature] is still vital to human life.”The Portland Mercury

“A visceral, many-faceted collection of retold myths. Bernheimer shows a deft and cohesive touch in the stories she has chosen here; it is a beautiful, sometimes sad and harrowing collection.” Shelf Awareness

 

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