This book was an ambitious project for Madeline Miller's first novel. It tells the story of Patroclus and Achilles, heroes of the Iliad, the ancient Homeric song/poem of the Trojan War.
A Starlight Woman, as I would define her, is a woman who basically has everything, or at least everything that our society values.
In black tea drinking culture, milk and sugar are important elements. I'll get into sugar eventually, but for now let's focus on milk.
The honey actually manages to come through; the molasses gives it that base of rich flavour.
The Morris Arboretum has been part of the University of Pennsylvania since 1932. It's the preserved summer estate of John and Lydia Morris (brother and sister), the inheritors of an iron manufacturing company.
Binti is inextricably linked to her people via their traditions and beliefs, but she also desperately wants to learn, and this internal conflict sets the tone ...
Earl Grey is an odd kind of beast. Most Americans would probably name it, if asked to talk about tea. It's a standard black tea, usually made with Assam, and flavored with bergamot.