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IZ Digital reviews Pomegranates

Some recent retellings of Greek myths have sought to restore the female voice that the original sources – and some other modern retellings – have neglected or deliberately devalued. But Pomegranates does not quite fit with Pat Barker’s take on the IliadThe Silence of the Girls, nor with Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad or Madeline Miller’s Circe – not because it is a lesser work, but because it is doing something slightly different. In its fearless, energetic combination of myth and reality it recalls Steven Sherrill’s The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, and like that book it is infused with sadness and wry humour (a brief appearance by a preening Hermes is very funny). But it seeks to cut through the sanitised versions of these myths and, peeling away those layers, finds horror and rage and hope, much like the stories in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. There are also hints that the three narrative strands are even more closely linked than they appear: as in Neil Gaiman’s The Kindly Ones, it may be that whether something is myth or reality is a matter of perception. Also, as in that work, the key unifying note here is grief: grief for a lost child, for a lost mother (Bear’s mother, also a Dr. Ursa), and for a lost world.

Alex Glass reviews Pomegranates for Interzone Digital

Thanks to Alex Glass for his review of Pomegranates. You can read the full review here.

Buy Pomegranates in hardback or ebook.


Review of Pomegranates

A few years ago I had the pleasure of reading Priya Sharma’s Ormeshadow, a dark story about family secrets. So when she asked me to read Pomegranates, I didn’t even hesitate. This time, the author has written a dystopian tale that weaves together themes of global warming and climate change with well known characters from Greek mythology. This was such a surprising story, beautifully constructed and written, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if you are a fan of the Greek gods. 

Books, Bones & Buffy

My huge thanks to Tammy Sparks for reviewing my novella for her website. You can read the full review here.


Locus Review of Pomegranates

Priya Sharma’s latest novella, Pomegran­ates, is a lovely, layered, and luscious retelling of the story of Persephone and Demeter, unfolding against the backdrop of climate change and patriarchal violence. While Greek mythology has been in vogue at least since the success of Rick Riordan’s bestselling Percy Jackson books, Sharma’s novella sits closer to books like Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Madeline Miller’s Circe, or Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle, all of which employ a detached, feminine voice in rewriting myth and registering tragedy.

Archita Mittra writing for Locus

Read the whole review here.

My thanks to Archita Mittra for her review.

Available direct from PS Publishing in ebook and hardback.


Locus magazine review

Review of Pomegranates for Locus magazine.

“While a part of me wishes that there was more to this world and for the tale to go on, another part of me is astounded by Sharma’s ability to hint at so much with so few words. Deliciously evocative, carefully constructed, and filled with just enough detail to keep the reader turning the page. Pomegranates is a book which can be finished in a single sitting, but deserves to be savoured more slowly. It will appeal not only to fans of feminist retelling of myths and folklore, but to anyone on the lookout for a quiet and beautiful novella.” – Archita Mittra

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Locus magazine’s 2022 Recommended Reading List

Thanks to anyone who suggested that “Pomegranates”, my new novella from PS Publishing, be included on Locus magazine’s 2022 Recommended Reading List.

Thanks also to editor Marie O’Regan and to PS Publishing.

“Pomegranates” is available in hardback and as an ebook here.

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Pomegranates ebook

Available on ebook for £2.99 from PS Publishing

Purchase from PS Publishing

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I am delighted that this book is finally here!

It’s part of the Absinthe range, edited by Marie O’Regan, for PS Publishing.

The cover art is by my friend, the talented Jeffrey Alan Love.

History’s just a story that loses nothing in the telling.
There’s no point explaining my story to the majority of
the dead. People are as self-obsessed in death as they are in life. More
so. They shuffle around in a vague approximation of what they
were. I tried to talk to them, but all a dead baker wants to discuss is
the price of flour. They’ve learnt nothing from dying.
I want to talk to you though, Bear. I want to tell you everything.


Info/purchase link

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Absinthe Launch

I’m am so excited to meet M.R. Carey and Louise Carey next week at the launch of Absinthe’s next novellas. Also the other Absinthe authors who will be in attendance – Cavan Scott, George Mann, Jen Williams and Laura Mauro.

The Absinthe range is edited by Marie O’Regan and is part of PS Publishing.

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Sign sheets for the limited edition

My new novella is out in December from PS Publishing.

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Absinthe Launch

You are cordially invited to the launch of three new titles from Absinthe:

The Last Night At The Star Dome Lounge by M.R.Carey

A Candle For Malka by Louise Carey

Pomegranates by Priya Sharma


10th December 2022, 2pm onwards


The Angel, 61 St Giles Street, London WC2H 8LE

Absinthe are an imprint of PS Publishing and the range is edited by Marie O’Regan.

(The event is part of the regular HWA Pub Meet)

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