THE MERE WIFE. So, in many ways this translation is a natural successor to that work. Or consensual?” demands an interrogator after she’s picked up by her comrades. “Rape? I know the world. I don’t know. The pair is for all intents and purposes the monsters of the original, but here they are cast for more than sympathy. If you see problems or bugs on the site, please let us know and include the URL and also which browser you are using. 0 reviews. All are wounded, all are selfish, all are human – and it makes this story even more relevant. Made in 2D cut out animation made from elephant dung paper this quaint tale follows the story of a young mahout and his elephant, through to his marriage to a beautiful, but jealous Karen girl. She still manages to write in a way that makes the most basic activity, like getting ready for a party, seem like a call for banners. ...Headley imbues The Mere Wife with the trappings of myth, from a deadly sword to a disembodied arm, from a dragon to a pack of formidable mothers. Headley has written a novel that does everything a book should, but does the extra work with creating a brand new translation of an old story. Last week I read The Mere Wife, a novel (affiliate link) by Maria Dahvana Headley, and I found it quite interesting. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed REVIEW, Review: A Collection of Obsessions by Michael R. Fletcher. Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife has finally been loosed upon the world. Review by Alexander Pyles Few stories published today feel as mythical as Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife . Plot. Book of the day Fiction The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley review – a modern Beowulf The Old English epic becomes an ambitious American … She knows she is a member of the marines. Going against all of this, he visits Herot Hall and befriends Dylan. The excess of Herot Hall is brought out in the prose to an almost satirical degree, especially when compared to the scrounging that Dana and Gren must do to survive. While Dana’s sections are first-person, the Herot chapters are told in the third person and centred on Willa, with waspish humour at the expense of her Waspy life. Certainly, reading Headley’s introductory remarks, it was born out of Q&A sessions at festivals following The Mere Wife’s promotion. Both could be wrong, though. ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Headley (Magonia) applies the broad contours of the Beowulf story to her tale but skillfully seeds her novel with reflections on anxieties and neuroses that speak to the concerns of modern parenting." She goes from dinners to cocktail hours to school events with her son, Dylan, close at her heels. Herot has no place for Dana and Gren, her miraculous child, born fatherless and with teeth. I say finally because I think the world needs this book. Dana Mills wakes up unsure of what has happened to her or why she is pregnant. Her diction and prose are written in a way to evoke the Old English story, even using a few words from the old dialect. Headley's The Mere Wife is both a celebration of motherly love and an exploration of the disruptive tension between coexisting opposites. He was hers, and she was his, as simple as that. Maria Dahvana Headley's work is always strong with a beautiful point of view of the… The novel does share the legacy of Beowulf; none of these women are perfect. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife "There’s not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud." The Mere Wife is a book by Maria Dahvana Headley that is a retelling of Beowulf set in 21st-century America. He is drawn to Herot Hall; drawn to Dylan, who finds in Gren an unlikely playmate; drawn to a terrible blood feud between his and Dylan’s families. Headley, unlike the Beowulf poet, only shows us Gren as others see him, and neither Willa nor Dana has perfect vision. The Old English epic becomes an ambitious American fable, in this bloodthirsty novel told from the point of view of the monster’s mother. New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley’s fierce, feminist retelling of … The Mere Wife is clever and often funny, finding ingenious ways to update the Beowulf story, in a way that produces wry social commentary. Gren is a boy struggling to understand the world around him, despite that the world wasn’t meant to contain him. A boy with brown skin?” The echo here is not centuries old, but six years: Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot dead in a gated community by a neighbourhood watch patroller. In Beowulf, Grendel invades Herot Hall and dines on Danes. Headley suspects the word really means "formidable" or "awe-inspiring" — and that's the picture she hopes to paint in The Mere Wife, a modern retelling of … Yet, somehow, she survives, waking up pregnant in Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife tells the story of Dana Mills, an American POW beheaded on YouTube for the world to watch. The Mere Wife: A Novel › Customer reviews; Customer reviews. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book." Both Dana and Willa recognise something fearful in Gren. Liked it? If it means “only”, then perhaps it’s an ironic reference to Willa, who is a desperate and dangerous woman under the homemaker surface. Maria Dahvana Headley: a feminist reading. But “The Mere Wife” brings the story into the 21st century in a curious way. It is also a tale of haves and have-nots, of families and outsiders, of loss and love. It’s a modern question to ask of an ancient story. This slice of suburban life is named Herot Hall, and it is the archetype of American living. The problem is that Gren is unaware of the invisible and unspoke barriers that are between him and the rest of the world. What Gren wants – a place by the hearth, the touch of a friend, love – makes him perfectly human. • The Mere Wife is published by Scribe. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The Mere Wife is not a retelling of that great old tale, but rather a playful reconsideration, an invitation to look at its characters from a different perspective. by Maria Dahvana Headley. Buy this book from hive.co.uk to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you. For Willa, he’s the intruder who threatens her family; for Dana, he’s someone whose otherness makes him vulnerable. Like Beowulf, The Mere Wife is a story of invasion. The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this poignant retelling of Beowulf through the eyes of women, Headley pulls off an incredible feat (heroic, one might say). It is this intersection that neither woman’s world will be the same. Fantasy and realism mix in an ambiguous, audacious genre-bender. Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy and author of "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." The Mere Wife is a tour de force that blends bits of magical realism and thriller-esque elements bound with literary flair to create a mythic masterpiece. “Any of those things will make him a target. Everything is as it should be. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. For those who forgot the poem immediately after high school, … Find your local library. Both of them are mere women, yet by story’s end, both have wreaked havoc upon so many people. ... let it go for a mere $185,000.) It’s unforgettable that the women, not the titular hero of the original story, are the focus of The Mere Wife . 4.2 out of 5 stars. Where it stood, there is now a gated community of mini-mansions named Herot, and the grandest of these is Herot Hall, occupied by the founder’s son Roger Herot, his wife Willa and their son Dylan. Book. Neighbors gossip and everyone is judged by who wears what at what function. It's "The Stepford Wives," 9/11 and English class thrown into a lyrical blender, and it's kind of glorious. How she loves him, how she fears for him: “His eyes are black gold. To borrow from the blurb on Amazon: New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley presents a modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf , set in American suburbia as two mothers—a housewife and a battle-hardened veteran—fight to protect those they love in The Mere Wife . Get our latest news, giveaways, free subscriptions and more. From the catalog copy: From the catalog copy: From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Headley hits the beats of the original story while shifting the focus entirely. The developers of Herot Hall refuse to acknowledge the stories and lives of those who lived on Herot’s land before their arrival. It's time to let them go. The Mere Wife is a unique mythological re-telling, in the vast cacophony of re-tellings out there right now. (The third word is the indispensable, untranslatable Old English call to attention hwæt: Headley gives a whole list of possibilities, which later turn up as section headings.). 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