Penelope, faithful and devoted wife of Odysseus, has been waiting for more than ten years for her husband to return to their home, Ithaka, a beautiful island in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. There has been no word from him since the end of the war in Troy and she has no idea whether he survived the sack of the city. Klymene is Penelope's young handmaiden, and when the peace of Ithaka is shattered by the arrival of strangers ambitious for the hand of her mistress, she too becomes caught up in passions inspired by the gods . . .
This powerfully imagined novel is not a retelling of Homer's Odyssey - it is the story of the women left behind.
'I'd pretty mcuh defy anyone not to enjoy it' Guardian Unlimited
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