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Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence.

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Gainesville Public Library - Silver Springs FIC ATW (Text)
Adult Fiction
52138100047229
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Lima Public Library FIC ATWOOD (Text)
Adult Fiction
32139002008140
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Macedon Public Library FIC ATW (Text)
Adult Fiction
32121100201751
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Newark Public Library FIC ATW (Text)
Adult Fiction
32125100220851
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Sodus Community Library FIC ATW (Text)
Adult Fiction
52148100086440
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Walworth-Seely Public Library FIC Atwood (Myths #2) (Text)
Adult Fiction
32129100454023
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Warsaw Public Library FIC ATW (Text)
Adult Fiction
32151100059404
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