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Publisher's Summary

*A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!*

"The Iliad meets Friday Night Lights in this muscular, captivating debut." (Oprah Daily)

"Wildly entertaining." (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls)

A bighearted debut with technicolor characters, plenty of Texas swagger, and a powder keg of a plot in which marriages struggle, rivalries flare, and secrets explode, all with a clever wink toward classical mythology.

The Briscoe family is once again the talk of their small town when March returns to East Texas two years after he was caught having an affair with his brother's wife. His mother, June, hardly welcomes him back with open arms. Her husband's own past affairs have made her tired of being the long-suffering spouse. Is it, perhaps, time for a change? Within days of March's arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of alliances are shattered. In the end, the ties that hold them together might be exactly what drag them all down. 

An expansive tour de force, Olympus, Texas cleverly weaves elements of classical mythology into a thoroughly modern family saga, rich in drama and psychological complexity. After all, at some point, don't we all wonder: What good is this destructive force we call love?

©2021 Stacey Swann (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Luminous.... This epic makes the most of its vivid Texan setting, becoming as well a love letter to the state’s rugged beauty and homegrown familiarity.... This teems with skillfully evoked drama and tragedy." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Olympus, Texas portrays the messy realities of modern relationships and blended families.... Swann immerses readers in small-town life while generously endowing each character with depth and agency.... Rich and compelling.” (Booklist, starred review)    

"The endearing characters of Olympus, Texas gallop through a plot luscious with secrets and scandals. Escape to Olympus for the rollicking fun. Stay for the heartbreakingly lyrical writing and tender message about the enduring gift that is family love." (Sarah Bird, best-selling author of Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen)
 

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This is an ambitious book for the author. The story was good, but it was very long and drawn out. If you decide to listen to this one, make a chart as soon as you begin so you do not get lost in figuring out whose child came from a married couple and whose children are the products of extramarital affairs. Vacker seems to sacrifice character development to the twists and turns of plot. She shows us what people do, but not who they are.
The narrator used a number of gruff voices which we are supposed to associate with different men. Once again, hard to do since they all sound the same. If you enjoy multi-tasking and superficial reading, this one is for you.

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I find myself in the minority.

This book got lots of hype all over the various social media platforms,
but I was thoroughly disappointed. It dragged on, the characters
all melded together for me, and I had an awfully tricky time
keeping everyone straight.
I also found that I didn't much care what happened to them,
and that is rare for me, I can usually find something redeeming
in a character.
Sad I wasted a credit on this one.

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GMA Book Club Pick?

Honestly, boring is the only word I can find. Maybe it was the lullaby narration, but I felt the story lacked substance. It seemed like your everyday dis functional family saga. Nothing new here.

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Disappointing

I had such high hopes as the book was listed on a popular blogger's TBR for Summer 2021 list. For me, the story fell way short ... it was so long, too many characters that were hard to track and the sing-song/lullaby style of the narrator was tiresome and made the story that much more difficult to enjoy. Even though I struggled with the story, the narrator and almost quit a few times, I am glad I plowed thru as the ending ties up nicely, but whew ... getting there for me was a chore and glad it is over!

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Loved It

It was family drama like no other The love of family and it's complexedies just reeled me in. It was absolutely enthralled.

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A fun, rollicking story

I absolutely loved this retelling of Greek myth. It's clever, funny, and so so good.

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Well worth the wait bravo Stacy Swan

I happen to hear about this book and see the author on good morning America. I was intrigued when she said it took her 15 years to write the book. Again I say bravo. Stacy Swan held my interest throughout the entire book.I am waiting with anticipation for her next book.