Madeline Miller in the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, March 13, 2018. Her new novel, “Circe,” is a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess Circe’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right. (An Rong Xu for The New York Times)