This is a retelling of Sophocles’ three Theban plays and the story of Oedipus from the point of view of two minor characters: Jocasta ( mother and wife of Oedipus ) and Ismene ( sister of Antigone ). Jocasta was forced into her first marriage to Laius, King of Thebes, at 15 years old. Her voice is mirrored by that of her 15-year-old daughter, Ismene as she tries to come to terms with her parents’ death. Haynes, who has a background in Classics study, casts the myth with the same powerful and dramatic plot, but treats her characters with a twenty-first century slant: they are ordinary people leading ordinary lives, and as such personality drives the story. The Gods play a minimal role, and do not influence fate, as they would in classic form. Detail of Hellenic times is richly described.Compelling and refreshingly different.