Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Classics. For the last 10 years, she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. She also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She currently lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Song of Achilles was her first novel. Her second novel, Circe, was published in April 2018.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: Circe
In the house of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child, neither powerful like her father nor alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she possesses the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, Medea, and Odysseus. But there is a danger for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians.
With vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, love, and loss, as well as a celebration of female strength in a man’s world.