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Everything Old is New Again

Classic tales get a 21st-century makeover. Try the homage, or cozy up with the originals!

Atwood, Margaret
The Penelopiad
The Odyssey, told from Penelope's point of view, in Atwood's trademark, pithy style.
 
Bloch, Robert and Andre Norton
The Jekyll Legacy
A historical romance that builds on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
 
Cole, Marjorie Kowalski
Correcting the Landscape
The Bellwether Prize-winning first novel mimics The Confessions of St. Augustine in style and theme.
 
Cunningham, Michael
The Hours
Three interlaced lives enrich the tale of this modern-day Mrs. Dalloway.
 
Cunningham, Michael
Specimen Days
Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is the leitmotif for this novel about past, present, and future New York City.
 
Feldman, Ellen
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
What if Peter, the young boy immortalized in Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, built a new life for himself in America?
 
Naslund, Sara Jeter
Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer
Una meets and marries the passionate Ahab, who will go on to hunt Moby Dick.
 
Randall, Alice
The Wind Done Gone
Scarlett O'Hara's half-sister relates her version of the events chronicled in Gone With the Wind.
 
Rawles, Nancy
My Jim
The life and trials of Sadie, whose husband abandoned her to run off with Huckleberry Finn.
 

Updated: June 5, 2009