Richard Matturro

  Differing accounts of Medea’s story all agree in one significant regard: after deliberately murdering several innocent people, including her own children, Medea never met with any punishment, human or divine. Why was no penalty ever exacted from this classic embodiment of female rage? Set in Bronze Age Greece, the myth is here told in the form of a modern novel, eliminating none of the passion or violence. Medea is the awkward, introverted daughter of a royal family, growing up in a remote backwater of the Greek world. An escape from this stifling life is offered by the arrival of the dashing and feckless Jason, for whom Medea gives up everything to follow him back to mainland Greece. There she bears him twin sons, then watches helplessly as he falls out of love with her. His announcement that she will be exiled, minus her two boys, so that he can marry the king’s daughter brings on the final catastrophe. 

ISBN: 978-1-60489-136-2 Hard cover, $16                 Sale $8.00

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218 Pages

About the Author: 

Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, New York, holds a doctorate in English, with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. After sixteen years at the Albany Times Union, he now teaches in the English Department at UAlbany and lives on a farm in the foothills of the Berkshires. Medea is his fifth novel.

 Excerpt From the Book:

“Madam, how may I help you?”
“I just came to visit,” Medea explained.
The young woman seemed puzzled.
“I thought I would pay my respects,” Medea added, “to the god—or goddess—here.”
Two other women emerged from the shadows. They too wore revealing gowns, but were closer to Medea’s own age. The elder of the two stepped forward. “Welcome to the Temple of Aphrodite, Princess Medea.”