Linda Sullivan recommends ‘Circe,’ ‘Good Marriage’

Susan EspirituOur Town Readers

Book Whisperer Linda Sullivan recommends two novels that will keep us enthralled. One is from the perspective of a witch, (yes, I said a witch), and the other is from the perspective of the mystery writer.

Linda says of the first recommendation, Circe a 2018 novel by American writer Madeline Miller, “If you like mythology and a strong female character, this is for you.”

Circe is set during the Greek Heroic Age, adapting various Greek myths, notably the Odyssey as told from the perspective of the witch Circe. Circe’s early life is isolated until she falls in love with the mortal fisherman, Glaucos. Circe discovers a way to make him a god when she is devastated by his mortality, which results in … You must read the book!

Author Miller attended Vassar College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two daughters.

Linda describes her second recommendation, A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight, as a definite mystery: “This one was twisty! I wanted everyone to leave me alone, so I could finish it.”

McCreight is a New York Times bestselling novelist as well as a screenwriter who specializes in character-driven mysteries with what she calls “a significant emotional component.”

In this volume, the main character, Lizzie Kitsakis, is working late when she gets the call to defend an old acquaintance. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor and her brilliant, devoted husband, Sam, had been everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart. Again, you must read the book to find the answer to this mystery!

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