Kirkus Reviews calls the novel ‘Grendel’s Mother’–“An enchanting, poignant reimagining of Beowulf”

Grendel's Mother reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, the preeminent source for such reviews

Grendel’s Mother reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, the preeminent source for such reviews.

I’m so excited that Kirkus Reviews has so positively reviewed my book, a feminist version of the Old English epic, Beowulf. In addition to calling Grendel’s Mother an “enchanting, poignant reimagining of Beowulf,” the review also says:

“….Morrison writes in alliterative, lyric prose that evokes the Old English of her source text: ‘There she saw the soft seaweed, barnacled bed, of a marine monster. Leaving her work, approaching with caution, she listened for linnets along the lime lane.’ An incredible world is spun out of blunt, staccato words: a world of customs and objects, of heroes and faiths, and, of course, of monsters. Morrison manages to update the medieval morality of the original poem while preserving its mournful sense of the old ways passing away.

You can read the entire review here. Enjoy!

I think I’ll make a little toast to Grendel’s Mother–the lady and the character. Here’s the horn I’d like to use–filled with mead or ale.

Drinking horn from the British Museum

Late 6th-century drinking horn from the British Museum

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