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Ariadne
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Saint
9781250773586 Hardcover , Dust jacket English General/trade May 04, 2021 Print Run: 75000
$36.99 CAD
Active 6.47 x 9.23 x 1.09 in | 490 gr 320 pages Flatiron Books
FICTION / Literary

A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller'sCirce.

Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved younger sister she leaves behind?

Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint'sAriadne forges a new epic, one that puts the forgotten women of Greek mythology back at the heart of the story, as they strive for a better world.

Due to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. She spent the next thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students.Ariadne is her first novel.

- Publishers Weekly review
- Booklist review
- a May Indie Next Pick and Loan Stars pick
- named a Most Anticipated book by Buzzfeed and Bustle
- Rep Pick

Rep pick: A feminist retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, from a classics scholar and English teacher. I can’t wait to see this one fly off the shelves!—Morgen Young

A Most Anticipated Book (Bustle, Buzzfeed, PopSugar,Goodreads)
IndieNext Pick

Beautifully written and nuanced,Ariadne explores the bonds between women and their epic quest for agency in patriarchal Greek society.”
BuzzFeed

"Circe fans would do well totake note."
Bustle

If you loved Madeline Miller’sCirce, then you have to check outAriadne by Jennifer Saint.”
PopSugar

“Saint’s immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with thiswonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne.”
The Independent(UK)

“A lyrical,insightful re-telling.”
The Daily Mail

“Energetic andcompelling.”
The Times (UK)

“Captivating…Saint’smesmerizingly beautiful prose makesAriadnea fascinating read.”
The Nerd Daily

“Anilluminating read.”
Woman & Home

Relevant and revelatory.”
Stylist(UK)

“A beautiful epic…In a world ruled by temperamental, petulant gods, Ariadne is a shining beacon of female strength and courage—making thisa story that’s impossible to forget.”
—CultureFly (UK)

Enchanting…Saint expertly highlights how often the women of this world pay the price for the actions of the men around them. Lovers of mythology should snap this up.”
Publishers Weekly

Complex—and bold…Fans of Madeline Miller'sCirce will enjoy this faithful retelling that centers the often-forgotten women of Greek myth.”
Booklist

"Ariadne isa shimmering tapestry of two sisters bound by deceit and the shadows of family history. One marries a hero, the other a god. As their lives criss-cross through girlhood and womanhood, the secrets that their husbands keep become a monstrous backdrop to their relationship. With a fresh voice and keen insight, Saint adds flesh and bone to an ancient myth, drawing the reader into an uneasy world of ever-afters."
—Yangsze Choo,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Night Tiger

“An ancient story of love and sisterhood reimagined, Jennifer Saint'sAriadne isa truly masterful debut—compulsive, absorbing and lyrical. Saint breathes new life into the forgotten women of Greek mythology with a novel that's both incredibly absorbing, and full of heart.” —Katie Lowe, author ofThe Furies

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