Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined

Vintage. Aug. 2023. 400p. ed. by Jenn Northington & S. Zainab Williams. ISBN 9780593469248. pap. $18. FANTASY
Regenerated gods and monsters share their secrets on a talk show. A Hades and Persephone romance plays out on an Earth ravaged by ecological devastation. Trans oracle Tiresias navigates a house party and the other guests’ preoccupations with gender. These stories and more fill this anthology. Greek myth retellings are popular, and this time- and genre-spanning collection brings an antipatriarchal twist to the trend with stories from authors across genres, including Mia P. Manansala, Valerie Valdes, and Alyssa Cole. Many stories highlight women sidelined or left unknown or unheard in the original myths, such as Sarah Gailey’s “Wild To Covet,” granting Thetis agency around her prophesied son, or Marika Bailey’s “Trembling Aspen; Or, To Shiver,” Daphne’s breathtaking manifesto after becoming a tree. Also among the many standouts in this collection are “The Eagles at the Edge of the World” by Taylor Rae (a take on Aeneas and Dido where two Kumeyaay women flee rising waters to rebuild their nation) and “A Heart Inured to Suffering” by Jude Reali, a spacefaring take on Odysseus. The retellings’ variety ensures there’s plenty to enjoy.
VERDICT This collection should please Greek myth fans who want to approach familiar stories from a queer, feminist perspective. Recommended.
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