What is Circe exactly? Here is the book's description:
Dr. Black is a good man with a few vices. He is willing to sacrifice his career for his wife, Pria. He takes an internship at a hick institution in Southern Alabama to make his wife happy, but once he is situated in this old hospital, he finds that old habits die-hard. He is sexually compulsive and easily seduced by his supervisor, Cassie, who takes him to the bowls of the institution and shows him its tragic history. As Dr. Black loses himself in his obsession with Cassie, he becomes convinced that she is the key to Circe's mythology and magic and a series of bizarre murders leaves him convinced that she has opened the gates to another world. Madness and sanity begin to blur for Dr. Black and he becomes entangled in the mystery at the heart of Circe. A mystery that's as old as the ancient hospital itself. A mystery that could incriminate Cassie, an old god, or Dr. Black himself.
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The Characters of Circe
The final characters in Circe are the women of Dr. Black’s life. Cassie and Pria are polar opposites. Pria is Dr. Black’s wife and she symbolizes everything that Dr. Black should do and should be. He should be loyal. He should be faithful and honest. Dr. Black yearns for these things, but in the end it is Cassie that he can’t let go. She is everything Dr. Black is at his core. She is deceptive and devious. Darkness and pain seem to follow her into the shadows of the haunted institution. She carries the evil of Circe with her in her pocket and she is utterly seductive. She is inexorable.
The characters in Circe State Mental Hospital are what drive the novel, but Circe herself is also a character. The hospital has a life of its own and it is Circe’s corruption that pulls all the characters down into a spiral none of them can escape.
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