The Children of Jocasta
When you have grown up as I have, there is no security in not knowing things, in avoiding the ugliest truths because they can't be faced ...Because that is what happened the last time, and that is why my siblings and I have grown up in a cursed house, children of cursed parents ...Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Her life has never been her own, and nor will it be, unless she outlives her strange, absent husband. Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. Since the day of her parents' tragic deaths a decade earlier, she has always longed to feel safe with the family she still has. But with a single act of violence, all that is about to change. With the turn of these two events, a tragedy is set in motion. But not as you know it. In Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked; retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.
A stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone stories told from the perspectives of the women the myths overlooked.
Natalie Haynes takes on Sophocles in her vivid and affecting second novel -- Fiction to look out for in 2017 Observer New life is breathed into a powerful ancient story through Natalie Haynes's clever and vivid story telling. Martha Kearney Glorious, gripping and brutal ... I loved it Victoria Derbyshire Nearly every page of Natalie Haynes's The Children of Jocasta could stand alone as poetry. This is a visceral, engrossing, and meticulously-crafted reimagining of two of the most important stories of all time. A truly remarkable feat Dr Amanda Foreman In this gripping novel, Haynes takes us to the breaking heart of one epically dysfunctional family and makes heroines of those previously doomed to be spectators of their own tragedy Damian Barr, author of Maggie & Me