Dear Ms. Miller,
There is so much to admire, to be in awe of and that is heartbreakingly moving in your stunning novel. I especially enjoyed reading an early interview you had with Gregory Maguire. There are many aspects of the novel that intrigue me but the character of Chiron is particularly powerful and certainly emotionally charged. There is even more in what he does not say than what he speaks to the young Patroclus and Achilles.
After creating such an extraordinary character, indeed, bringing to such vibrant life a well-known figure of mythology, what was it like to leave him behind as the two young men depart for Phthia and then to Troy?
As a reader familiar with the Iliad, I know what will befall the boys, that they will never return to their extraordinary teacher. You hint that Chiron knows this too, making one complicit with the great centaur. The tug of our knowing and the boys (perhaps) not knowing is extreme and is one of many extraordinarily emotional moments of your book. I look forward to your visit in New York City.