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Breeze by Richard Seltzer

Mainstream/YA Novel

100,000 words

The story of a young woman whose soul moves abruptly and unpredictably to different bodies in different times and places.  She becomes Briseis, the love slave of Achilles in the Trojan War; a goddess-like free spirit in modern-day Connecticut; and an unexpected visitor during a resurrection ceremony in the Eleusinian Mysteries in the days of the Roman Empire. The story is told in three interconnected novellas, spanning 3000 years.

The three parts are:

Cheating the Gods (Trojan War, 1184 BC) 

Slow Magic, Fast Magic (New Haven, CT 2008)

Body or Soul? (Eleusinia, Greece, 362 AD) 

Comparable successful novels --

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday -- three interlinked novellas

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson -- soul migration

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller -- story set in the Trojan War

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell -- soul migration

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger -- time travel

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde -- characters trapped in a fictional alternate world

Double Tongue by William Golding -- story set in ancient Greece


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