Olympic Games: Zeus, Hera, and the Archetypal Battle of the Sexes

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Four thousand years of philandering and there’s that cute little naiad he can’t forget. His neo-Olympian cult won’t stop howling at the moon. And Hera’s on a real rampage this time. Is Zeus out of his league? Let the Games begin!

Sometimes a fool’s errand is the only chance you get. With nothing left to lose, a bereaved fry-cook, a lovelorn hermit, a clueless delivery-boy, and a determined water nymph take on the gods. It’s a surprisingly fair fight.

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Leslie What is an award-winning author of critically acclaimed fantasy fiction. She received the Nebula Award for her story The Cost of Doing Business.” She has been published more than one hundred times in a variety of media, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. Ms. What’s stories and essays have been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Parabola, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Her story Finger Talk” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she was the recipient of the Oregon Writer’s Colony award for nonfiction in 2002 for her essay Why We Wash the Dead.”

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Take a playboy Zeus with issues; a New-Age Hera; an idiot boy: another who’s half-bug, half-bat; an artist who walks backwards; and a woman who lived inside a door for 2000 years.... You’d think, with this mélange, no one but Eudora Welty could have made a moving and magical novel. You’d be wrong. Leslie What has.”
Howard Waldrop

Hera and Zeus...mythology’s feistiest dysfunctional couple, are back and feuding in the twenty-first century. With gods like these, who needs a devil? Leslie What has filled this lush book with immortals acting badly and wonderfully realized men and women coping with life’s absurdity and tragedy. Prepare yourself for a wild ride that is often hilarious, sometimes achingly sad, but never dull. Olympic Games is not only the first novel by one of our most gifted fantasists, it’s a revelation.”
James Patrick Kelly, author of Burn

The gods haven’t learned a thing through the millennia. Still lustful, vengeful, vain, childish, still wreaking havoc among innocent mortals. But mortals have their own strong magic: love. And the battle is on. It’s a romp, a love story, a tragi-comedy, and altogether great fun.”
Kate Wilhelm

If anybody can write about gods and goddesses, it’s Leslie What. She’s had more close encounters with them than anybody else I know. In fact, I suspect she’s actually a goddess-in-hiding. Read on for a tantalizing and tasty serving of divine madness.”
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, author of Catalyst

In Leslie What’s hands, everyday life is revealed in all its weird implausibility. And oddly enough, the things that should be strange gods and goddesses with marital problems feel as real as our friends and neighbors and maybe, at moments, ourselves.”
Maureen McHugh

This novel is so much fun. From the woman in the door to bug bangs (not the haircut) and beyond, the story is deeply imagined and wonderfully realized. Yes, the book is a romp with the gods being the gods, but it is also full of people you will come to care about, like Penelope and Possum, who is used to moody women, and Eddie, who is destined for bigger things people who will linger in your mind long after you’ve turned the last page.”
Ray Vukcevich

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