The Mere Wife

The Mere Wife

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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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.

A retelling of Beowulf set in the suburbs, Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife turns the epic on its head, recasting the classic tale of monstrosity and loss from the perspective of those presumed to be on the attack.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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joe24642
Mar 09, 2020

A perfect continuation of " The Year Of Yes".

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

This beautiful, dreamy retelling of Beowulf set in suburbia will have you swooning over Maria Dahvana Headley's lush language. Definitely in my top books for 2018, and if you even remotely like retellings and/or mythology you better put this at the top of of your TBR! --Taylor (see more of my picks by following WoodneathTaylor)

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GummiGirl
Aug 25, 2018

For Beowulf fans and anyone who likes monsters, especially the suburban kind. It's told from several different (and sometimes very odd) points of view.

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WoodneathTaylor
Aug 22, 2018

This beautiful, dreamy retelling of Beowulf set in suburbia will have you swooning over Maria Dahvana Headley's lush language. Definitely in my top books for 2018, and if you even remotely like retellings and/or mythology you better put this at the top of of your TBR!

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