This is a subversive and triumphant retelling of the story of Circe, daughter of the sun-god Helios. Circe is unlike her godly siblings: her voice is small, her sympathies for mortals manifest. When she discovers a power for witchcraft—and with it, the ability to threaten her more powerful relatives—she’s banished to a deserted island for all eternity. Alone, she hones her powers, and entertains a great many vistors, not all of them welcome. The story weaves ancient myths with themes familiar to any woman alive today: the trials of motherhood, the comforts and lies of men, the solitude of learning, and the surprising reach of sisterhood. The best fiction reminds you what it means to be alive, and Circe doesn’t disappoint.