Notable: Lose yourself in books that reimagine tales and legends

Published April 13 2018


Legends 2.0

Three new books offer striking reimaginings of the tales and legends of different cultures.

Children of Blood and Bone (Henry Holt and Co.) by Tomi Adeyemi is a debut YA novel of epic magical adventure with characters based on the Orisha, the deities of the authorís West African heritage.

Circe (Little, Brown and Co.) by Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles) is a compelling novel that casts a fresh eye on the Greek myth of a nymph cast out by the gods who finds her formidable powers living among mortals, including her lover Odysseus, told in her own voice.

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt and Co.) by Mallory Ortberg (Texts From Jane Eyre) is the Slate columnistís collection of darkly humorous versions of classic fairy tales and childrenís stories, from The Little Mermaid to The Velveteen Rabbit.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor