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Medusa’s Sisters totally destroyed me. A moving tale of sisterhood and heartbreak. . . . this book had its claws in me from the very first page – pun intended.”—Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

“Medusa’s two almost-forgotten sisters— Stheno and Euryale—come to enchanting life, telling their own stories, bound to Medusa yet separate and fiercely free to make their own destiny. Medusa’s Sisters gives us an intimate look at what it means be an immortal yet walk and live among human beings. Lyrical, exquisitely detailed, and poignant.”—Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Helen of Troy and The Confessions of Young Nero

“With stunningly beautiful prose, Lauren J.A. Bear has deftly tugged on myths of old to weave a fresh and feminist modern legend from the dusty references of Medusa’s once-forgotten sisters. Perfect for fans of Circe, this is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Prepare to be enthralled!”—Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of Her Lost Words

“Medusa’s Sisters is a wonderful, powerful story that totally absorbed me. Clothed in Greek mythology, it explores the loyalties and conflicts of family—especially the relationship between sisters who are bound together at birth but also need the independence to claim a life of their own. It is a compliment to Ms. Bear’s writing that I never saw monsters, only sisters.” —Anne Bishop, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Price and Crowbones

Medusa’s Sisters is a stunning debut. Lauren Bear writes with lyrical elegance, her gorgeous prose illuminating the fierce power of women, the bonds of sisterhood, and the enduring strength of myths and legends. A gloriously feminist novel that achieves both historical richness and modern relevance. As thought-provoking as it is entertaining. I couldn’t put it down.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex

“Lyrical, brilliant, and deeply moving, MEDUSA’S SISTERS connects the stars—the myths you thought you knew—in startling new ways. Prepare to be devastated.”—Mary McMyne, author of The Book of Gothel

“Alive with soaring poetry and myth, Medusa’s Sisters sparkles as a delightfully feminist subversion of the maligned and forgotten Gorgon women, reframing and bringing their shadowy legend fiercely, vengefully, into the light. A bold and beautiful tale about sisterhood, motherhood, and what it truly means to be a woman.”—Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, author of The Witch and the Tsar

A gorgeously crafted retelling of Greek mythology, Medusa’s Sisters is a celebration of the many faces love can wear.” —BookPage (starred review)

“In giving a voice to those long silenced, Medusa’s Sisters brings the cosmology of ancient Greece to vivid life, writhing and seething with numinous possibility. It is a story of monsters and mortals, and the gods who use them both with careless cruelty.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of Kushiel’s Dart and Cassiel’s Servant

“Bold, beautiful, and brilliantly subversive, Bear’s incredible debut is engrossing from the very first page. With her ambitious storytelling, Bear breathes life to characters often reduced to the shadows, and has proven herself as a talent to watch!”—Claire M. Andrews, author of the Daughter of Sparta trilogy

“A must-read for Greek mythology fans seeking new depth in their tales and those who enjoyed Madeline Miller’s Circe or Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Debut novelist Bear has artfully fashioned an entrancing tale that not only perfectly captures in poetic prose both the fabled glories and gritty realities of ancient Greece, but also features a trio of sisters, who, despite being mythological beings, seem all-too real and relatable by virtue of Bear’s gift for incisive characterization.”—Booklist

“Bear handles the different voices of Stheno and Euryale with masterful skill and wit… With stellar writing and her focus on Medusa’s forgotten sisters, Bear’s contribution to the sub-genre of mythic retellings is not to be missed. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novels Review

“Captivating.”—Ms. Magazine

“Fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe will want to check out Medusa’s Sisters, a feminist take on the infamous Gorgon and her siblings Stheno and Euryale. Like the best mythological tales, Medusa’s Sisters is about more than gods and monsters, exploring the bonds of sisterhood and the quest to leave a lasting legacy.”Parade

“Lauren J. A. Bear puts a new twist on Greek mythology.”—PopSugar

“Bear never softens her unsparing vision of an ancient world dominated by male violence and Olympian capriciousness. But she empowers female figures demonized through the ages to voice their own ideas about who they are and about the merciless forces that have determined their destinies. ‘Medusa’s Sisters’ offers a compelling alternate version that brings new depth to a familiar myth.”—Boston Globe

“Bear’s writing is pure poetry. Not in the way that you would imagine with depictions of a hazy blue ancient Greece, but with words that are encased in wanting and need. Honesty that is so real it is almost brutal. And most of all, the raw desire to understand yourself and your place in the world. It is a story about overcoming, perseverance and unconditional love.” —The Student (Edinburgh)

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