I can't believe that this book has not received more media coverage (i.e., rave reviews). Perhaps it's because it's British or perhaps because Madeline Miller (rightly) sucks lots of the air of Homeric retellings out of the room. However, it's a wonderful book that tells the story of the Iliad and the Odyssey from the perspectives of the women involved, from Penelope to Cassandra and even Penthisilea (the Amazon). And it does so brilliantly.
While the book is arguably a feminist approach to Homer, it is not in any way a screed or a manifesto. Rather, it makes its point -- largely, that women are just a heroic as men in war -- by the simple and straightforward device of great storytelling. Ms. Haynes tells the story in the first and third persons, depending upon who the subject of the chapter is, and she uses a wonderful epistolary device for Penelope, as she writes to her missing husband Odysseus in growing frustration at his never-ending absence. But regardless of the approach, she knocks it out of the park.