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The Mere Wife Paperback – 1 November 2018

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  • Publisher : Scribe Publications (1 November 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1911617621
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1911617624
  • Dimensions : 13.5 x 2.15 x 21 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 176 ratings

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‘The most surprising novel I’ve read this year ... Headley is the most fearsome warrior here, lunging and pivoting between ancient and modern realms, skewering class prejudices, defending the helpless and venturing into the dark crevices of our shameful fears. Someday The Mere Wife may take its place alongside such feminist classics as The Wide Sargasso Sea because in its own wicked and wickedly funny way it’s just as insightful about how we make and kill our monsters.’

Washington Post

‘Imagine the centaur-like hybrid of a Middle Ages warrior saga and a slow-burning drama of domestic ennui and you begin to get a sense of this spiky, arresting story … the novel plays ingeniously with its ancient source.’’

The Wall Street Journal

‘[A] muscular, bloodthirsty novel.’

-- Sarah Ditum ― The Guardian

‘Her prose is an exhilarating mixture of darkness and fire, striking the perfect balance between sparse and startlingly vivid … There’s real heart in The Mere Wife; even in its most shocking, bloody moments, it’s ultimately the moving story of one woman’s desire to protect her child, and of that child’s yearning for connection … But its roots are coiled deep in the old earth and the dark water, the place that nightmares come from, and dreams too.’

-- Anna Carey ― The Irish Times

‘[A] gleaming, glowering, blood-soaked beast of a book.’

-- Lucy Scholes ― Financial Times

‘[A] smart, tough modern flip of Beowulf.’ -- Margaret Atwood

‘Maria Dahvana Headley is a gift, a genius, and an absolute wonder; I would follow her anywhere.’

-- Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

‘I loved Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife … a memorably weird and deep retelling of Beowulf as a novel about suburban America, wildness, PTSD and what it means to be a hero.’

-- Emily Wilson ― New Statesman

‘A remarkable novel.’

-- Mariella Frostrup ― BBC Radio 4

The Mere Wife is … a playful reconsideration, an invitation to look at its characters from a different perspective. It is a reminder that stories survive through the centuries because ― however antiquated they seem on the surface ― they hold meaning that never dims.’

-- Erica Wagner ― New Statesman

About the Author

Maria Dahvana Headley is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and editor, most recently of the novels The Mere Wife, Magonia, Queen of Kings, and the memoir The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard she is the co-author of The End of the Sentence, and with Neil Gaiman she is the 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. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho and now lives in Brooklyn.

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