I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, The Bacchae: A Myth Retold is now out and available for purchase, both in paperback and as an e-book.
You can buy the book on Amazon, or you can buy it directly from me – there’s a secure buying link on my blog. I encourage you to buy it from me as that has three perks: shipping (for paperbacks) is less than what Amazon will charge you, it will get to you a bit sooner, and I will sign it for you if you’d like. You can also order e-books from me.
If you want to purchase a book from me, click here to order. Please note if you order this way, you’ll need to pay with PayPal or a credit card. If you want to pay another way, please email me (Christy@ChristytheWriter.com) to make arrangements.
Regardless of where you purchase the book, I hope you’ll consider leaving a review on Amazon and / or Goodreads. Reviews help me get the word out about my work, and that’s invaluable to me and to all independent authors.
Also, this book contains some strong adult themes (do a Google search for Dionysus if you need to know what I mean by that) so if that will offend you, please give this one a pass.
Okay, that’s enough housekeeping. Now about the book itself: It’s a retelling of the play The Bacchae, by Euripides, first performed in 405 BC in Athens. While the plot of my book loosely follows the original Greek tragedy, it has been modernized and set in New York, beginning in the years just after WWII and continuing through the early 1990s.
Here’s a synopsis…
As an influential newspaper publisher in post-World War II New York, Zachary Benton seems infallible. His reputation and power increase with every passing year. But when his beautiful and icy wife, Hanna, discovers he’s been having an affair with Sarah, his Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, and that the girl is pregnant, Zachary realizes just how much he has to lose.
In this modern retelling of “The Bacchae,” Zachary’s once-charmed life as the publisher of the New York Beacon becomes a hellscape of paranoia, alcohol, and Valium as he attempts to keep Sarah safe from the increasingly frightening Hanna, while dealing with his paper’s escalating coverage of the war in Vietnam. Sarah, now visibly pregnant and hiding in a small town in Oklahoma, is unable to stay away from the newspaper business and goes to work for the local paper, where her instincts for investigative reporting turn up far more than she expected. When things come to a head late one night in the darkened newsroom of the Beacon, Zachary and Sarah’s lives change in an instant.
As their son, Dax, grows to adulthood, he struggles to find his own identity while following alongside the footsteps of his famous father. When he leaves New York to study journalism at the University of Chicago, Dax begins to craft two new lives for himself: one as an outstanding student and intern at the Chicago Tribune (which he eventually takes over), and the other as a young playboy, seducing the rich and neglected wives of Chicago. When Dax forms the Wine Enthusiasts Club, his two worlds gradually merge into one, surrounding him with a group of women so fanatically devoted to him, and the many pleasures he brings to them, that they’re willing to do anything for him – even murder.