Accursed Women: A Collection of Short Stories

Accursed Women: A Collection of Short Stories

by Luciana Cavallaro


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Accursed Women: A Collection of Short Stories by Luciana Cavallaro

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband's son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history's greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it's like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she's alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987473738
Publisher: Luccav Enterprise
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Luciana taught in government and private schools and during this time studied Ancient History, attended writer's workshops and concluded a course in proof reading and editing. She has travelled extensively and has revisited her favourite destinations-Greece and Italy-the inspiration for her stories. After working in high schools for many years she resigned to concentrate on writing.

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Accursed Women: A Collection of Short Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro  A book of five short story about five legendary women. Phaedra, who falls in love with her husbands son. Helen of Sparta who was claimed to have a war started over her. Hera, wife of Zues and the most powerful Goddess. Pandora who was know for opening a forbidden box, and Medousa, the snake haired creature. Each story is wonderfully told with a twist on what might have been. The woman are perceived as actual women, not as Goddesses. Told from the women's point of view, Luciana Cavallaro brings these women to life and leaves a lasting impression.  I was left thinking what if ......? A fantastic read. I highly recommend Accursed Women to those who like mythology and short stories.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite Accursed Women, a collection of short stories by Luciana Cavallaro, is a unique and interesting take on Greek myths with five stories (each with 'curse' somewhere in the title) told from the perspective of five different women. You don't have to know much about Greek myths and legends to recognize the names Helen, Hera, or Medusa, nor do you need to enjoy the temperament of a character (Phaedra) to be drawn in by the story. In Accursed Women, Cavallaro operates under the premise that there are two sides to every story and, as most of Greece's myths and legends were written by men, Accursed Women is a chance for the females to run the show, whether it is a secret letter written by a dying woman, an interview with an historian, or an appearance on one of those tell-all talk shows popular in the '90s. They insist on telling the story how it 'really happened,' revealing themselves as strong, capable women and not as the hysterical females of the legends. Accursed Women makes for an interesting and fun read that goes by super fast. Each story had its own unique twist and they were almost equally enjoyable. Cavallaro's love of Greece and its legends really shines through as well as her determination to cast the often times beleaguered --- accursed--- women in a different and modern light. There is a list of discussion questions in the back which make Accursed Women the perfect book to be shared among friends or with a book club.