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:0374208433
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. ...

  • elizabeth
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

  • Sarah
    Oct 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

  • Jaime
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

  • Stefanie
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

    A modern retelling of Beowulf. Dana Mills returns from war, scarred, traumatised and pregnant. She has seen and experienced the worst of mankind and is staunch in protecting her son. She is worried that his stark difference from the norm will make him a target of prejudice and be marke...

    A modern retelling of the Beowulf story, this one is set in the suburbs at the foot of a mountain that has a mere and an old buried train station. It is a story filled with monsters and looks at various ways we make monsters and are made into monsters by ourselves, by others, by societ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

    A modern retelling of Beowulf. Dana Mills returns from war, scarred, traumatised and pregnant. She has seen and experienced the worst of mankind and is staunch in protecting her son. She is worried that his stark difference from the norm will make him a target of prejudice and be marke...

    A modern retelling of the Beowulf story, this one is set in the suburbs at the foot of a mountain that has a mere and an old buried train station. It is a story filled with monsters and looks at various ways we make monsters and are made into monsters by ourselves, by others, by societ...

    This is far from a cozy read but this a seriously cozy blanket. It took me about 48 hours to finish this fantastically dark and beautifully-written modern day, suburban tale inspired by Beowulf. No need to have read or even be familiar with the original text, though! This story captiva...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Maureen Tumenas
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • John
    Oct 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

  • CJ Leede
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

    A modern retelling of Beowulf. Dana Mills returns from war, scarred, traumatised and pregnant. She has seen and experienced the worst of mankind and is staunch in protecting her son. She is worried that his stark difference from the norm will make him a target of prejudice and be marke...

    A modern retelling of the Beowulf story, this one is set in the suburbs at the foot of a mountain that has a mere and an old buried train station. It is a story filled with monsters and looks at various ways we make monsters and are made into monsters by ourselves, by others, by societ...

    This is far from a cozy read but this a seriously cozy blanket. It took me about 48 hours to finish this fantastically dark and beautifully-written modern day, suburban tale inspired by Beowulf. No need to have read or even be familiar with the original text, though! This story captiva...

    Exquisite, visceral, primordial, sexy, frightening, un-put-down-able. I am now a die-hard fan for life. Just do yourselves a favor and read it! Just, wow. ...

  • Anne
    Sep 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

    A modern retelling of Beowulf. Dana Mills returns from war, scarred, traumatised and pregnant. She has seen and experienced the worst of mankind and is staunch in protecting her son. She is worried that his stark difference from the norm will make him a target of prejudice and be marke...

  • Ali
    Nov 15, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lucky to have read a galley of this incisive retelling of Beowulf. Riffing on a mistranslation from the Old English that deems Grendel's mother a monster rather than a warrior, The Mere Wife sets Beowulf in modern American suburbs, at the foot of a wild mountain. Headley's fierce lyric...

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

    Strange and powerful and luminous, all at once. My brain is trying to wrap itself around this tornado of a book, my heart blown apart by the prose. ...

    beyond Mad Max nightmarish sleeping comfort ...

    I'll write a proper review when I can speak again. Breathtaking. ...

    I know that this is touted as a modern retelling of Beowulf, but aside from some sections, I did not find that it really followed a plot line- aside from the general: mothers rescuing children, warriors and the society they are protecting. The female characters with their flashbacks we...

    A modern retelling of Beowulf. Dana Mills returns from war, scarred, traumatised and pregnant. She has seen and experienced the worst of mankind and is staunch in protecting her son. She is worried that his stark difference from the norm will make him a target of prejudice and be marke...

    A modern retelling of the Beowulf story, this one is set in the suburbs at the foot of a mountain that has a mere and an old buried train station. It is a story filled with monsters and looks at various ways we make monsters and are made into monsters by ourselves, by others, by societ...

    This is far from a cozy read but this a seriously cozy blanket. It took me about 48 hours to finish this fantastically dark and beautifully-written modern day, suburban tale inspired by Beowulf. No need to have read or even be familiar with the original text, though! This story captiva...

    Exquisite, visceral, primordial, sexy, frightening, un-put-down-able. I am now a die-hard fan for life. Just do yourselves a favor and read it! Just, wow. ...

    A well written book which is why I rated it three stars, but I?m clearly not high brow enough. I?d be hard pressed to explain to anyone what it was all about! ? ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...