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by Richard Seltzer

62,613 words

Literary Fiction, with touches of magic realism, historical fiction, and time travel


Breeze, a young woman in present-day Connecticut, goes into a medically inexplicable coma. Her boyfriend, Yannie, a senior at Yale, has to get her the help she needs to survive, while trying to solve the mystery of this goddess-like free spirit who appeared out of nowhere two months before and turned his life upsidedown. His ex, Lauren, a childhood friend, gives him the support and advice he needs, helping him rebuild his life, while trying to win him back. But it turns out that this love triangle wasn't a triangle at all.


Meanwhile, Breeze wakes up in a different body in a different place and time. She is at Troy in the body of Briseis, love-slave of Achilles, and she needs to adjust fast, and improvise to fit in or be taken for a demon. She knows the story she is now trapped in, but, as she discovers, she can make changes that leave the story intact but change its meaning for her and for others. Among the unexpected twists, with the help of vengeful friends, she murders Achilles, who she loves, but stages it so the world believes he died in combat at the walls of Troy. And despite that, she and Achilles survive and ride off together to the east, where she will become an Amazon warrior and he her stay-at-home husband.


Comparables --


Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday -- interlinked novellas

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson -- soul migration

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger -- time travel


Author Bio --


My published works include:

The Name of Hero, historical novel (Houghton Mifflin)

Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes, translation from the Russian (Red Sea Press)  "...the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century...."   Old Africa

The Lizard of Oz satiric fantasy, "An intriguing and very entertaining little novel" Library Journal

The AltaVista Search Revolution, the first consumer book about search engines (McGraw-Hill) "indispensable" Library Journal, Winner of the Distinguished Technical Communication Award, the highest award given by the Society for Technical Communication Publications.  

Web Business Bootcamp (Wiley)

complete list at


Now a publisher of 3000 public domain electronic books, I worked for DEC, the minicomputer company, for 19 years, as writer, marketing consultant, and "Internet Evangelist." I graduated from Yale, with a major in English, and earned an MA from the U. of Mass. at Amherst in Comparative Literature (French, Russian, and German). At Yale, I had creative writing courses with Robert Penn Warren and Joseph Heller.


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