400 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2022 by Little, Brown Book Group Limited.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca's shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women - and their goddesses - that will change the course of the world.

'The greatest power we women can own is that which we take in secret.'

Seventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the isle of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom.

Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. While he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are beginning to knock at her door.

No one …

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reviewed Ithaca by Claire North (Songs of Penelope, #1)

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4 stars

Well written feminist story fitted into the crevices on the Odyssey. Told by Hera, centered on Penelope, it tells of how Ithaca survived in the absence of its king, in the face of the suitors looking to become king.