The Mere Wife (MCD, $27) , by Maria Dahvana Headley, is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who likes fierce and smart retellings of canonical works that turn the original stories on their heads and make you rethink things you had learned in school. The Mere Wife is a re-invention of Beowulf, set in suburbia and done in Headley’s gorgeous prose and with her flair for fantastic and immersive storytelling. The novel hits you hard whether you know every line of the original or have never read it. Headley has taken apart the original story, rewove and repurposed the pieces, crafting a dark and beautiful fable about war, trauma, power of women, and what it means to keep those you love safe.
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley