I read tales of Greek mythology endlessly when I was in middle school, and I loved the beautiful twist that Sarah Diemer gave to the story of Persephone and Hades in her novel, The Dark Wife. Hugh O’Donnell, the host of The Way of the Buffalo podcast, approached me at my first Balticon and said that he was working on a project with an author, and would I be interested in an audiobook narration. When he sent met the book, I was floored. The Dark Wife is a heartachingly lovely retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades as a lesbian YA tale.
Sarah describes herself as an author who “writes novels about girls who love girls, who kick ass and take names, finding the courage to fight for what they believe in, while experiencing magic and monsters along the way” and this is so delightfully true of her Persephone. I loved narrating this piece; although parts are still in production, the first few chapters have been featured at her website as well as on The Way of the Buffalo podcast. The story flows, and the language is fantastical and rich in its description of the lovers as well as the worlds they inhabit.
((This link is to the episode of The Way of the Buffalo podcast that not only features a sample of The Dark Wife but also Hugh and Sarah.))