Carolyn Meyer is Giving Thanks for her Readers!
What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?
Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War. In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?
Carolyn Meyer is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, and has no intention of quitting any time soon. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy:
After years of writing about the young lives of fascinating women of power, from Cleopatra to Victoria, in BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER I’ve drawn on the myths of ancient Greece to tell the story of what it must have been like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world.
When Helen leaves her husband and daughter and runs off to Troy with handsome Paris, a thousand Greek ships sail for Troy to bring her back..and her daughter, Hermione, goes with them as a stowaway. Hermione’s adventures on the Trojan beaches, her struggle for survival,, and her search for true love of her life drive this story.
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Q & A:
Q: I am curious about your research process for this novel. I know you utilized the Iliad, but clearly you did extensive research on Greek mythology. Also, your descriptions of palaces, Athens, and even the small details such as pots, clothing, weaponry, the ships, the role of women, were quite detailed. What kind of research did you have to do to gather this information?
A: About the research: The ILIAD provided information only about the last year of the Trojan War and nothing about what happened before or after. My main source was an invaluable book by Robert Graves, THE GREEK MYTHS, with references to dozens and dozens of characters and stories, some of which were relevant to Hermione’s story, beginning with her mother’s birth (see LEDA AND THE SWAN). I didn’t reread all of those stories, but I did find the information I needed to frame a coherent story. I also read books about Bronze Age Greece, and as you can imagine, I googled like mad to find diagrams of ancient palaces, layouts of Troy, pictures of ships, and all the other “elements of realism” needed to bring the story to life.
Q: Obviously, much of this novel came from your imagination and Greek mythology. Yet, it had an element of realism. There seemed to be a wonderful balance. Since it’s not clear whether Helen of Troy really existed, what was your ultimate goal in bringing Hermione and Helen’s story to life?
A: I doubt very much that Helen of Troy really existed–or any of those other wonderful characters–but the issues seem very real to me, and very human, something readers can relate to.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Next project: a new treatment of the story of Anastasia of Russia is in the editing/rewriting stage, and I’m working on a first draft of a novel about the Harvey Girls, in the Southwest in the 1920s. Quite a change from ancient Greece!
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Cover – Gorgeous!
I’m always in awe of those who love to dig in and research history with a passion that ends up pouring out onto the pages of a novel. Carolyn Meyer is such a writer. She brings to life a history that may or may not have existed. After all, no one knows for sure if Helen of Troy really existed. Certainly, the mythology described in the novel is just that – mythology. But readers will be swept away by Hermione’s journey, which takes her to the beaches outside of Troy where she lives in semi-permenant shelter during the ten year war her father battles in order to get his wife Helen back from Prince Paris. Readers will travel with Hermione to barbarous lands with a husband she despises and go on a quest to find and save the man she truly loves. You’ll walk the streets of Athens, go into lavish palaces, sail on a ship with concubines, fight with warriors, watch Helen through a seer’s eyes, and see the wrath of the Greek gods. Helen certainly possessed a lot of power and was cherished for her beauty. Hermione — a red-haired, freckled girl — was favored by her father, and may or may not have been the daughter of Helen. What she lacked in beauty, she possessed in kindness.(If she looked anything like the cover of this novel, then I’d say she was beautiful!)
This is perfect for school libraries and classrooms teaching Greek mythology. In addition, anyone who likes mythology, romance, history, will appreciate this finely written novel. It will hold your attention and has plenty of action.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy!
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