Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Ithaca by Claire North

Posted May 4, 2022 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 9 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.



Ithaca by Claire North
Expected publication: September 6, 2022

This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses—that will change the course of the world.

Seventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom.

Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. While he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are beginning to knock at her door.

No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus’ empty throne—not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning, wit, and her trusted circle of maids, can she maintain the tenuous peace needed for the kingdom to survive.

On Ithaca, everyone watches, including the gods. And there is no corner of the land where intrigue does not reign.

From the multi-award winning author Claire North comes a daring, powerful, and moving tale that breathes new life into ancient myth, and tells of the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. It’s time for the women of Ithaca to tell their story…

“Claire North brings a powerful, fresh, and unflinching voice to ancient myth—darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking.” —Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

“Like Penelope at her loom, North weaves and unweaves, teasing out the threads of Homeric myth to recombine them into something unique, wonderful, and urgently contemporary.” —M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts


Another week, another Greek myth retelling discovered. This time it’s about Odysseus’ wife Penelope. I’m obsessed with all things Trojan War related and even more so when it’s about the often silenced women from the myths. Penelope has always been a favorite character of mine. I can’t wait to read this book!



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9 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Ithaca by Claire North

  1. verushka

    I am here for Penelope and her trusted circle of women essentially keeping the kingdoms safe. That is a fantastic !!

  2. Ithaca’s blurb reminded me a lot of Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, which is such a (short) very crafty retelling from Penelope’s perspective. This new book looks fantastic, thanks for the heads-up!

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