Summer Reading 2014

The Summer Reading Committee chose Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, as the summer text for the fall semester of 2014. Incoming students were required to purchase and complete the reading before their arrival on campus in the fall.

Book Description

The Song of Achilles"Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career." (

Campus Visit

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller visited the Wentworth campus Thursday, October 9, 2014 to address the entire first year class.  She provided the class with a short reading followed by a Q&A session where students had the opportunity to ask questions regarding The Song of Achilless. The event was attended by a high number of students and faculty. Read more about Miller's visit here.

                                                         Summer Reading Event

Check out the entire video footage of Madeline Miller's discussion of her book The Song of Achilles .

Summer Reading Requirements 

Each year, Wentworth requires all incoming students to participate in a shared reading experience. The purpose of this assignment is two-fold:

  • First, when you arrive on campus this fall for Wentworth Opening Week, you and all your new classmates will have something in common. You will have shared your first academic experience.

  • The second purpose of the assignment is to prepare you for the college-level environment. During opening week, you will have your first opportunity to discuss the summer reading book. Then, when you begin classes you may discuss and write about this book.

Past Summer Reading Selections

  • 2013 - Damien Echols' Life After Death
  • 2012 - Hemon Aleksandar's Love & Obstacles
  • 2011 - Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • 2010 - Dennis Lehane's Mystic River
  • 2009 - Frederick Reiken's The Odd Sea
  • 2008 - Andre Dubus III's House of Sand and Fog
  • 2007 - Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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