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Helen of Troy
     

Helen of Troy

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by Tess Collins
 

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HELEN OF TROY is a quirky and lively retelling of the classic Greek legend in small-town America. Helen Ramsey and her good-old-boy husband, Rudy, fight like caged roosters. When their bachelor neighbor becomes Helen’s confidant, rumors spread and sides square off until the entire town joins the ruckus. After Helen is kidnapped by her would-be lover, Rudy

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HELEN OF TROY is a quirky and lively retelling of the classic Greek legend in small-town America. Helen Ramsey and her good-old-boy husband, Rudy, fight like caged roosters. When their bachelor neighbor becomes Helen’s confidant, rumors spread and sides square off until the entire town joins the ruckus. After Helen is kidnapped by her would-be lover, Rudy resorts to a clever Trojan Horse stratagem, and Helen wages a war worthy of a goddess. But will even that be enough to triumph over the gossip of a small-town Cassandra?

Editorial Reviews

Kate Flora
“HELEN OF TROY is a deliciously conflicted character—the face that launched a thousand snowballs—and the book is a smile-inducing romp that will leave you deeply satisfied.”
Camille Minichino
“HELEN OF TROY serves up delicious writing, a string of energetic, surprising characters, and a story that conjures images of ancient Sparta while never leaving Troy, Tennessee. You’ll want to visit the hardware and grocery stores to meet the people and take sides in the war over Helen!”
Midwest Book Review - Willis Buhle
“A beauty that was went to war for. Helen of Troy is Tess Collins’ modernized retelling of the ancient epic, bringing it to modern America, and the personal wars we wage over each others’ lives and the extent to which we will go for one another. Enticing with a good dose of humor thrown in, Helen of Troy should prove hard to put down for those who enjoy reworked classics, much recommended.”
Feathered Quill Book Reviews - Cory Bickel
“Ranking near to The Story of Edgar Sawtell -- David Wroblewski's take on Hamlet — in great rewritings of classic stories, Helen of Troy demonstrates that love and battle can be as epic in a tiny, isolated town as they are in the legends of ancient Greece. Collins brings the quirks of the small Appalachian town to life through realistic characters and well-chosen scenes that depict both the ordinary and the outrageous.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013451575
Publisher:
BearCat Press
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
421 KB

Meet the Author

Tess Collins is a coal miner’s granddaughter with Cherokee ancestry on her mother’s side and a legend of being descended from a mountain clan known as the Seven Big Sisters on her father’s. Raised in the southeastern Kentucky town of Middlesboro, she spent her early years listening to mountain tales of haunted hollows, ghosts, moonshiners and unsolved murders. No doubt they influenced her writing. She is the author of THE LAW OF REVENGE, THE LAW OF THE DEAD, and THE LAW OF BETRAYAL, thrillers set in Appalachia. Her non-fiction book HOW THEATER MANAGERS MANAGE is published by Rowman and Littlefield’s Scarecrow Press. Miss Collins received a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute. Check out her web page at www.tesscollins.com/

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Helen of Troy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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In the small town of Troy, Tennessee, population less than three hundred, it’s hard for Helen Ramsey to keep her business to herself, and even harder to live with the wild blood of scandalous ancestors running through her, “I often traced the veins on the back of my hands and wondered where those fiery and untamed rivers would lead me.” (pg. 2) Despite her troublesome heritage, Helen Ramsey stayed in Troy to marry Rudy, passing up the chance to open her own beauty salon to work in his hardware store. At 38 she feels unappreciated by him and though her temper leads to loud, public arguments that air their troubles in front of half the town, Rudy doesn’t seem interested in changing. The arrival of Garland Cookson, who returns to Troy to take over his ailing father’s grocery store, further ignites Helen’s rebellious nature. She remembers Garland at eighteen as a heroic figure in her twelve-year-old eyes, and when they meet again as adults, the attraction between them is undeniable. Helen takes the flirtation a bit too far, to spite Rudy and Garland’s uptight sister Cassandra, the town busybody. Rudy’s jealousy of Garland leads to a tragedy involving Helen’s best friend, leaving the best friend’s daughter Tansy orphaned just as Helen was many years before. Helen’s request that they adopt Tansy, one of the few things in her life that she has asked of Rudy, causes an explosive argument between the two of them when he resists. Garland rescues Helen from the altercation and takes her to stay at his grocery store, leading to accusations from Rudy that his wife is being held hostage. As the entire town takes sides in the argument, the standoff escalates into a full-out war in the town of Troy between those who want to maintain the status quo and those who defend Helen’s right to choose for herself. With all eyes in the town upon her, Helen struggles to decide between the man who’s been with her all her life and the sensitive hero who has rescued her from the mundane. As Rudy builds a Trojan Horse that contains a trap for her heart, and secrets about Garland’s past add to her confusion, her choice becomes harder still. Ranking near to The Story of Edgar Sawtell in great rewritings of classic stories, Helen of Troy demonstrates that love and battle can be as epic in a tiny, isolated town as they are in the legends of ancient Greece. Collins brings the quirks of the small Appalachian town to life through realistic characters and well-chosen scenes that depict both the ordinary and the outrageous. Beautiful yet understated descriptions evoke some lovely images that contrast strikingly with the details of day-to-day life that make the story real and accessible. Garland and Rudy are both written so well, with their respective strengths and weaknesses, that it’s hard to decide who to root for, and Helen’s spirit and warmth make it clear that it’s not just her lovely face that drive men to fight for her. Quill Says: Helen of Troy splashes rural Appalachian color over the ancient scrolls of legend in a charming and timeless story.