The Mere Wife

The Mere Wife

Two mothers?a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran?struggle to protect those they love in this modern retelling of Beowulf. 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 Two mothers?a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran?struggle to protect those they love in thi...

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Title:The Mere Wife
Author:Maria Dahvana Headley
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Mere Wife
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:308 pages pages

The Mere Wife Reviews

  • karen
    Jun 26, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

  • Dorothy
    Dec 30, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

    The "mere" in the title of this book can be read two ways. It can be mere as in "only" or it can refer to a geological feature, a kind of lake. The mere (only) wife is Willa Herot, a suburban wife and mother living with her husband and son in a mansion that backs up to a mountain wi...

  • lauren
    Dec 18, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

  • Ron Charles
    Jul 17, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

  • Nadine
    Sep 09, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

    The "mere" in the title of this book can be read two ways. It can be mere as in "only" or it can refer to a geological feature, a kind of lake. The mere (only) wife is Willa Herot, a suburban wife and mother living with her husband and son in a mansion that backs up to a mountain wi...

    I really enjoyed this novel till about 1/2 way through it, and then I found myself becoming a bit tired of it. I do love mythology (particularly Greek), but I found it hard to immerse myself in the goings on in this one. When younger, one of my early independently chosen novel experien...

    Allow me to let Ron Charles's Totally Hip Video Book Review summarize this novel for you. As his is a tough act to follow, I'll say that what struck me most about the novel was Headley's prose--short, curt, definitive sentences that punctuate a rather frightening tale in which the mons...

    One of those books you just pick up and don?t finish until early hours of the next day. Absolutely fantastic Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... ...

    4 1/2 stars. This is a war novel that takes place in the wealthy planned community of Herot Hall, with a tiny rebel band surviving in the mountain (mother Dana and son Gren), massive occupying forces in the valley (the Herot Hall dwellers), generals plotting strategy in the field (perf...

  • sylvie
    Apr 29, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

  • Alex
    Sep 21, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

  • Drew
    Jun 13, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

  • Scribe Publications
    May 01, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

  • Spencer Orey
    Dec 30, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 23, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

  • Christopher Alonso
    Jun 12, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

  • Fran
    Jul 05, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

  • Becky
    Aug 14, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    Jul 08, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

  • Kaora
    Nov 26, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

  • Edward Lorn
    Aug 06, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

  • Robert Blumenthal
    Nov 25, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

    The "mere" in the title of this book can be read two ways. It can be mere as in "only" or it can refer to a geological feature, a kind of lake. The mere (only) wife is Willa Herot, a suburban wife and mother living with her husband and son in a mansion that backs up to a mountain wi...

    I really enjoyed this novel till about 1/2 way through it, and then I found myself becoming a bit tired of it. I do love mythology (particularly Greek), but I found it hard to immerse myself in the goings on in this one. When younger, one of my early independently chosen novel experien...

  • Jeremy Brett
    Mar 27, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

  • Sofia
    Nov 20, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

  • Runalong
    Dec 25, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

    The "mere" in the title of this book can be read two ways. It can be mere as in "only" or it can refer to a geological feature, a kind of lake. The mere (only) wife is Willa Herot, a suburban wife and mother living with her husband and son in a mansion that backs up to a mountain wi...

    I really enjoyed this novel till about 1/2 way through it, and then I found myself becoming a bit tired of it. I do love mythology (particularly Greek), but I found it hard to immerse myself in the goings on in this one. When younger, one of my early independently chosen novel experien...

    Allow me to let Ron Charles's Totally Hip Video Book Review summarize this novel for you. As his is a tough act to follow, I'll say that what struck me most about the novel was Headley's prose--short, curt, definitive sentences that punctuate a rather frightening tale in which the mons...

    One of those books you just pick up and don?t finish until early hours of the next day. Absolutely fantastic Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... ...

  • wanderer (Para)
    Dec 19, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

  • Marc
    Sep 05, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

    wowwwwww. (to be updated.) ...

    With a sharp eye and a deft flourish, Maria Dahvana Headley reimagines one of our oldest stories to give us a chilling, elemental vision of our latest selves. The Mere Wife is a bold, stunning riptide of a book. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger?s Wife The Mere Wife is an astonish...

    The "mere" in the title of this book can be read two ways. It can be mere as in "only" or it can refer to a geological feature, a kind of lake. The mere (only) wife is Willa Herot, a suburban wife and mother living with her husband and son in a mansion that backs up to a mountain wi...

    I really enjoyed this novel till about 1/2 way through it, and then I found myself becoming a bit tired of it. I do love mythology (particularly Greek), but I found it hard to immerse myself in the goings on in this one. When younger, one of my early independently chosen novel experien...

    Allow me to let Ron Charles's Totally Hip Video Book Review summarize this novel for you. As his is a tough act to follow, I'll say that what struck me most about the novel was Headley's prose--short, curt, definitive sentences that punctuate a rather frightening tale in which the mons...

  • Jenia
    Jul 20, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

  • Taylor Woods
    Aug 22, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

    I was cool with this book at first. I like Beowulf and was engaged enough with seeing how she was re-imagining that story. But about halfway through,something really changed. It felt like she had a case of Monster energy drink and decided to just finish writing the last 150 pages in on...

    What an engaging read and such beautiful prose. I am not particularly familiar with the literary classic Beowulf, although I did look up a synopsis to get a general idea. This story takes us into modern days. The  protagonists Dana and her son Gren make their home in a cave, whi...

    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book a week or so ago, and having just finished it, I am left absolutely floored. Obviously I don't want to say much about it, since it won't be out for a few months yet, but it was amazing. It's a modern retelling of "Beowulf", but that descri...

    A fantastic riff on Beowulf, set on a mountain somewhere up the Hudson (or at least it seemed so to me) -- a look at the warriors of modernity, be they soldiers or police or the wives of powerful men. At times, the novel is ~very~ voicey and that takes a bit of work, especially at the ...

    If this isn't a good representation of how much I loved this book. SO. MANY. GREAT. PARTS! ...

  • Lena
    Dec 02, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

  • Rose
    Oct 10, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

  • Charlie Anders
    Aug 26, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
    Aug 20, 2018

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...

    THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK. Rest of the review pending. ---- It is October and this is still, easily, the best book I've read this year. It is thought-provoking, layered, delicious, and timely in 2018. If I could inject this book like an IV into everyone I would. I have had hours-long ...

    This one sadly wasn't for me. It started out quite promising. The writing was quick and witty and really showcased the talents of the writer. So what happened? This is a story that is very loosely based on Grendel set in a similar time to now. It bounces around from perspect...

    A story about monsters, those we create because we need them if there is to be an us and a them. But who are the monsters, who? There is no answer to that question and the book will give you no answer. To me this was a journey full of dread. Maybe my nature did not let me hope fo...

    I've never liked the Beowulf story. It's all boiling over with testosterone and manly heroics, but Beowulf is a dubious hero at best. So the idea of taking this story, pulling it into the 21st century, and making it about motherhood, and the sources of women's power? It seemed a bit fa...

    ?The women with their perfect faces, all cracking and showing what?s underneath, what?s always been there, course fur and gaping maws, whipping tails, scales, claws and hunger, and teeth, and teeth, and teeth.? Magical realism, epic fantasy, the real housewives of Hero...

    Very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley takes place in and around Herot Hall, a gated community in suburbia, replete with manicured lawns; regimented flower beds; and all manner of up-to-date security systems designed to keep out...

  • Lucy Dacus
    Feb 08, 2019

    a suburban retelling of Beowulf?? oh, this could be SO GOOD. please be so good. ...

    You don?t need to be a Tolkien-level expert in Old English to enjoy ?The Mere Wife,? but it helps if you enjoyed Seamus Heaney?s glorious translation of ?Beowulf? or endured that bizarre animated version written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, starring Angelina Jolie as the...

    I was promised Beowulf in the suburbs, and here's the problem: it isn't. Does Headley know that you can't just name a character Grendel and call it a day? If she'd billed it as loosely-related Beowulf slash fic, that'd be one thing - it would, seriously, it would be one thing - it woul...

    Listen. There's lots of ways I could start this review. I'm going to start it with, "The Mere Wife is a retelling of Beowulf in the suburbs," because this is easily one of the best books I've read this year and that's the best elevator pitch I can offer. The book centres on Dana M...

    The Mere Wife is getting a ton of acclaim, and justly so. This retelling of the Beowulf legend focuses on two women: Grendel's mother Dana (a veteran of Middle East conflicts who came home mysteriously pregnant) and Willa Herot, the rich suburban woman who ends up marrying Beowulf. (In...

    Headley weaves new cloth into the aged tapestry of BEOWULF, providing enough new material to remake the tale without ruining or so much as stressing the original seams. Everything fits perfectly. THE MERE WIFE is a master class of tailored prose, a stunning achieve that I cannot say an...

    This made me want to read Beowulf, so that's something. The actual story is alright? It's actually a bit sparse, extended and dressed up with interesting and occasionally experimental prose. Some of that didn't land with me, but enough did that I appreciated how the text opened up larg...

    This book is EXCELLENT. I don't really have words for how enthralled I was by it. The style and language were poetic, the story was really engaging and there were so many layers. A feminist, modern day retelling of Beowulf - apparently that is what was missing from my life. The mom...

    I have to admit I wasn?t too sure of the ?suburban Beowulf? premise at first. But after a lot of praise and prodding by Jen of The Fantasy Inn (you were, as always, right ? it was up my alley) I had to give it a try. I?m still not quite sure what I read, but I sure enjoyed it...

    Both dream-like and razor sharp, this is technically a retelling of Beowulf but don't worry about remembering it from way back in high school. An avant garde Big Little Lies, looking at mothers and sons and the ways women build power and strength. ...

    Maria Dahvana Headley has created a modern retelling of the epic Beowulf. Here, Headley uses the tale as the basis for a novel about privilege, class, rage, gentrification, whiteness, and the role of women. Of all of Headley's books, this, I think, is her most lyrical, sometimes beggin...

    This book is incredible. Headley plays with the original text of Beowulf, bringing it a modern context. I particularly appreciate the examination of post-war trauma and classist conflict. ...