The Silence of the Girls: A Novel

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The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the Greek army, which continues to wage a bloody war over a stolen woman named Helen. Briseis, a woman in a Greek camp waits for the outcome of the war. At one time, she was a queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms until legendary warrior, Achilles, sacked her city and murdered her brothers and husband. Briseis becomes Achilles prize of battle, and she must quickly adjust to a new way of life in in service of the Greek army.

I was thrilled to see that there was a possibility of a retelling of the Iliad, possibly from the final weeks, told in a completely different perspective. While it is still the story of Achilles, I enjoyed how the story was told from Briseis perspective, showing what life was like in the camps, as well as the roles the women had in order to keep the camp in running order, not being focused on the battles of the army of Troy and the Greek army. Briseis gives a different side of the story of Achilles, as well as providing information as to what women did in the camps, day and night, battle or no battle.


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Author Pat Barker
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Doubleday
Publish Date 2018-Sep-04
ISBN 9780385544214
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Issue January 2019
Category Historical Fiction
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