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This is book is sort of like Eight Days of Luke but with Greek mythology instead of Norse. However, where Jones' gods were active participants in a new story, Miles' are like powerful ghosts, enacting the same cycle over and over, never changing or growing. I didn't find this as satisfactory, or as interesting; for one thing, if you know the story of Demeter and Persephone, you pretty much know everything that's going to happen in the course of the book. But I still enjoyed Miles' writing and li ...more
I'e read this book several times, and it always pleases me. I always like novels that work myths into new forms, and this one is a fine example. A family encounters what appears to be a reckless driver while moving to their new home, and shortly thereafter a mysterious housekeeper joins their household. Winter weather that is particularly brutal sets in, and their housekeeper begins to have very unusual visitors. The author has taken the myth of Persephone and Demeter and turned it into an extre ...more
A Greek myth plays out around the edges of an English family's life. This is the sort of thing that I am normally all over, and I enjoyed this book, but did not feel swept away by it––it felt oddly lacking in plot. Normally in a book of this type that atmosphere would make up for that; possibly I was a bit too aware of the myth that it is based on to be sink into the mystery. Comparable to Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones (basic idea), The House at Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively (style ...more
Patricia Miles was born on September 8th, 1930, in Lancashire, England. From an early age she knew that she wanted to write for young adults. She studied Latin, Greek, and Ancient History at Somerville College at Oxford. Shortly after graduating, she married and began her writing career in Rome, where her husband worked as a translator for an Italian publisher. She also taught English and French. ...moreMore about Patricia Miles...