The Mere Wife

A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley

  • Published: Aug 23, 2020

"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of Beowulf that confronts all manner of monsters... Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennett's narration is staggeringly potent." AudioFile Magazine New York Times bestselling... read more

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Details of The Mere Wife

Exact title of the book
The Mere Wife
Book author
Maria Dahvana Headley
ISBN
9781427297839
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Jul 17, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of Beowulf that confronts all manner of monsters... Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennett's narration is staggeringly potent." AudioFile Magazine New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley presents a modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf, set in American suburbia as two mothersa housewife and a battle-hardened veteranfight to protect those they love in The Mere Wife. From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise.

Picket fences divide buildingshigh and gabledand the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outsidein lawns and on playgroundswildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Halls periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights.

For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance.

Dana didnt want Gren, didnt plan Gren, and doesnt know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Danas and Willas worlds collide.

About author

Dahvana Headley is a 1 New York Times-bestselling author and editor. Her novels include Magonia, Aerie, and Queen of Kings, and she has also written a memoir, The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard, she is the author of The End of the Sentence, and with Neil Gaiman, she is co-editor of Unnatural Creatures.

Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and by Arte Studio Ginestrelle, where the first draft of The Mere Wife was written. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho, and now lives in Brooklyn. Susan Bennett is known for her radio and television voiceover work.

She has narrated a host of audiobooks, including those from bestselling authors Peggy Post, Linda Francis Lee, Dorothea Benton Frank, Emma McLaughlin, and Nicola Kraus. Her reading of Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso won an AudioFile Earphones Award. In describing Susans reading style, Publishers Weekly has said, "Bennett's narration is excellent she draws the listener into the story... keeping the pacing brisk and entertaining." Susan also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive!

Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, Bennett is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full service recording studio.

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