Who doesn’t love a combination of ancient Greek stories and contemporary YA? Today, we reveal the cover of Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy by Douglas Rees, a new contemporary YA novel that pays homage to Homey’s Odyssey.
Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home. That is, until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California. They leave behind Elektra’s father—a professor and leading expert on Greek mythology, and Elektra can’t understand why. For her, life is tragedy, and all signs point to her family being cursed. Their journey ends in Guadalupe Slough, a community of old Chicano families and oddball drifters sandwiched between San José and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay. The houseboat that her mother has bought, sight unseen, is really just an ancient trailer parked on a barge and sunk into a mudflat.
What would Odysseus do? Elektra asks herself. Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs, she’ll beg, cheat, and steal to get there. But things are not always what they seem, and home is wherever you decide to make it.
“This cover captures Elektra, the main character, at the crisis of her story,” said Rees. “It’s a perfectly ordinary scene, outwardly—a girl sitting on a bus—but somehow it conveys her sense of being disconnected from everything around her while events hurry her forward to a future she never expected. The artist has perfectly pictured the soft, shifting light that is so much a part of the atmosphere of South San Francisco Bay—which itself is almost a character in my story—and the typeface conveys the slapdash, improvised quality of Elektra’s life in the strange but friendly little town where she has unwillingly ended up.”
Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy releases on October 10.