Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Names by Colm Tóibín

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
House of Name by Colm Tóibín
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
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From Goodreads:

House of Names: A Novel
"From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra—spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling—and her children.

“I have been acquainted with the smell of death.” So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. 

Three years later, he returns home and finds his murderous action has set the entire family -- mother, brother, sister -- on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife, Clytemnestra, seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past, even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act. 

House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of the world's finest living writers."

The classicist in me burst into delight when I first came across this book. I've never seen any Clytemnestra story retellings, so I am incredibly excited about this book (if you know of any, do tell)! I've also never read anything by Colm Tóibín, so I have no idea what to expect. I can't wait for this one's release!

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?

1 comment:

  1. Whoa, this book doesn't sound like anything I've read before! Thanks for bringing it to my attention :) I hope you enjoy it :D Amazing pick!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles