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The Mere Wife: A Novel by [Maria Dahvana Headley]
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"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of BEOWULF that confronts all manner of monsters....Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennet's narration is staggeringly potent." -AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

"Susan Bennett’s sweetly polished voice won­derfully evokes the barely suppressed rage of Willa...listening to the book seems more appropriate than reading it. Inspired by an epic which was more likely to be declaimed rather than read, the musical prose of the novel heav­ily references an oral tradition, exhorting us to “Hark!” and “Sing!”" -Locus Magazine

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About the Author

Maria Dahvana Headley is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and editor. Her novels include Magonia, Aerie, and Queen of Kings, and she has also written a memoir, The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard, she is the author of The End of the Sentence, and with Neil Gaiman, she is co-editor of Unnatural Creatures. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and by Arte Studio Ginestrelle, where the first draft of The Mere Wife was written. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho, and now lives in Brooklyn.

Susan Bennett is known for her radio and television voiceover work. She has narrated a host of audiobooks, including those from bestselling authors Peggy Post, Linda Francis Lee, Dorothea Benton Frank, Emma McLaughlin, and Nicola Kraus. Her reading of Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso won an AudioFile Earphones Award. In describing Susan’s reading style, Publishers Weekly has said, “Bennett's narration is excellent: she draws the listener into the story... keeping the pacing brisk and entertaining.” Susan also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive! Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, Bennett is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full service recording studio. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN : B076ZSV1TF
  • Publisher : MCD (July 17, 2018)
  • Publication date : July 17, 2018
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1001 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 322 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 218 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking at Our Reflection in the Lake
By Stephen M. Page on December 18, 2020
When you read a novel as well written as The Mere Wife, you remember why you always loved reading so much. From the opening paragraph, to every time you pick up the book where you left off last, you are immediately transported to the place in the book.
This is the companion book to Maria Dahvana Headley’s feminist translation of Beowulf, where Headley contemporizes the characters in the Old English fable to suburban America. Women are the fighters and saviors, men are the cowards and gold diggers, and the innocent are the victims.
This book underlines the social prejudices that, even as they were seeming to disappear in many civilized societies, are still fracturing our humanity: Elitism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, genocide, homophobia and the resulting violence that these ugly traits incite. Mx. Headley shows how the people pointing the fingers are the monsters, not the ones being pointed at.
Headley has a writing gift few other writers are able to possess or give.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2018
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