Daughters of Messene
Makaro Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994117267
David Parkyn (Sally Griffin illus)
Piedog Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780473321505
“There are only two or three human stories,” as Willa Cather once said, “and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” It is as true in literature as it is in life, which is why, for all the apparently endless ingenuity of storytellers, most narratives end up fitting a mere handful of genres.