The Mere Wife

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD38936
Released: Jul 17, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427297839
Narrator/s: Susan Bennett
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of Beowulf that confronts all manner of monsters...Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennett's narration is staggeringly potent."- AudioFile Magazine 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. From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings-high and gabled-and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside-in lawns and on playgrounds-wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall's periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights. For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn't want Gren, didn't plan Gren, and doesn't know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana's and Willa's worlds collide.

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Narrator(s): Susan Bennett
Product Number Z100133121
Released: Jul 17, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427297822
Product Number EB00714704
Released: Jul 17, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374715540

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"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of BEOWULF that confronts all manner of monsters. Dana Mills went away to war and came back with a son she has to keep safe from everything; Willa Herot lives at Herot Hall with a son who has been given everything. Bennett portrays a wide cast of characters, including both Dana and Willa, and does a particularly good job teasing out the nuances in the rage that propels both women to the inevitable bloody climax. Dana's rage is jagged and immediate and laced with fear, but Willa's rage is cold and buried deep within her, and all the more terrifying when it's finally let loose. Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennet's narration is staggeringly potent. K.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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