The Cassandra

The Cassandra The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind Mildred Groves is an un

  • Title: The Cassandra
  • Author: Sharma Shields
  • ISBN: 1250197414
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s H The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product that will aid the war effort Only the top generals and scientists know that this product is processed plutonium, for use in the first atomic bombs.Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful As the men she works for come closer to achieving their goals, her visions intensify to a nightmarish pitch, and she eventually risks everything to question those in power, putting her own physical and mental health in jeopardy Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra s story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and h

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    • Sharma Shields

      Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter s Almanac Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019 Sharma s writing has appeared in Catapult, Electric Lit, Slice, Slate, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter s Almanac Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019 Sharma s writing has appeared in Catapult, Electric Lit, Slice, Slate, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose She received her B.A in English Literature from the University of Washington 2000 and her MFA from the University of Montana 2004 Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children She is the Board President for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and has also served on the programming committee for Spokane s Spark Central

    430 thoughts on “The Cassandra

    • 3.5 I wanted to like this book a lot than I did I m not sure why exactly it didn t work for me, and I think it might be that I just never quite warmed to the main character The setting and plot were great, and Mildred was perfectly of her time She was exactly the type of person you might find rebelling against the family and society expectations set in front of her, but I also kind of found her bland She made the biggest decision of her life because of a vision She didn t make a choic 3.5 I want [...]


    • The Cassandra is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth, this time set in Washington state It begins in the town where my own father grew up and so I immediately felt a connection to the characterOmak is not a place well known to many Mildred ends up at Hanford during WWII when the nuclear plant was most instrumental in making the most powerful weapon in the history of mankindThis is not an easy tale to read emotionally, particularly in our tumultuous times but it is brilliantly t The Cass [...]


    • 3.5Sharma Shield s novel The Cassandra was a very dark read The protagonist Mildred Groves gift of prophecy alienates her from her family and the larger society She struggles with a desire to fit in while visions reveal horrifying inevitabilities and men s true natures Mildred ceases the chance to escape her suffocating home and needy mother, thrilled to find work at a WWII government research facility in a remote part of Washington on the Columbia River The project will shorten the war, 3.5Shar [...]


    • Book descriptions tend to give too much away, so I often merely skim them to determine interest From skimming this one I expected something with war experiments and psychics along the lines of mind control experiments of 50s, 60s and 70s, but this is essentially Manhattan Project material Creation and implementation of the atomic bombs during the end of WWII as witnessed by a helpless prophet Cassandra is a tragic figure of Greek Mythology There are different versions of the story, but tradi Boo [...]


    • Mildred Groves in THE CASSANDRA, by Sharma Shields, wants to escape the life she has been dealt caretaking for her cantankerous, angry mother She finds a job at Hanford, a secret government base where the product is being created and help is needed by the bus full Mildred develops friendships and relishes in her new life, but quickly her hidden ability, having accurate visions of the future, begins to overwhelm her life and reveal so many truths to her that she finds it hard to live in the Mildr [...]


    • Based in mythology, The Cassandra is a harrowing read Cassandra was a prophet with the gift of true visions of the future, and the curse of no one ever believing her visions are true Imagine seeing the fruition of The Manhattan Project before it actually happens Now, imagine having no way to stop what you have seen, and everyone believes you are just some crazy person The story is straight up bleak The characters are engaging and tragic I liked the story overall because I m interested in t Based [...]


    • Wow, that took a number of unexpected turns.This book is powerful in the dark shadowy way it presents the effects of war, the deep issues of developing the atomic bomb, the rashness of men, and the exploitation victimization of women Though, not just women also children, weak men, those of other races or places, and really anyone different It truly lays bare some of the worst we humans contain.The voice it s told in is unique, and while it worked for this book, I m not sure how I felt abou Wow, [...]


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