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Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby

Who doesn’t love feminist retellings of ancient stories? Well, probably a lot of people. But if you worship Margaret Atwood and Madeline Miller, Shit Cassandra Saw is going to scratch that itch. Unlike those novels, Shit Cassandra Saw is a collection of short stories compiled by Cassandra an ancient Trojan princess, who saw them happening in the future. This imaginative premise allows the stories to cover a huge timespan, with most of them taking place in the modern day but with occasional appearances from outstanding women in history and mythology like Mary Read and the first woman ever to be hanged for witchcraft. The stories Cassandra chooses to tell, from a one-star Yelp review of a crab shack to a woman’s date with someone who meant to call someone else, display both the absurdity and mundanity of modern life. Whether they are goddesses or cocktail waitresses, the women Kirby presents are as infinitely powerful and insecure as any of us. MG