Persephone, Lara Rae, and Other Lost Girls of the Underworld

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Much like Persephone from Greek mythology, Lara Rae Brecken, the main character of Beneath Blair Mountain, finds herself trapped in the underworld after wandering through a crack between worlds one cold October night. Irish mythology was at the forefront when I wrote this tale, but I consciously had Persephone and other analogous tales and figures in mind.

From Samhain to All Hallow’s Eve to Día de Los Muertos to St. Martin’s Day to Jul to the Ghost of Christmas Past, the idea of this time of year (harvest to midwinter) as a blurring of the living and the dead is one echoed across continents, cultures, and centuries. So curl up with a good book and a hot mug of cider and follow Lara Rae, our Appalachian Persephone, down an overgrown but eerily familiar path… If you dare.

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3 thoughts on “Persephone, Lara Rae, and Other Lost Girls of the Underworld

  1. When Lara bit into that apple, it immediately reminded me of Persephone and the pomegranate. I really enjoyed the book.

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