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Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind in another, even in his own daughter, Pythias - a young girl who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a future of childbearing. But she is really smart, able to best his own students in debate; is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really achieve? Whichever is the case, hers is a privileged position, a woman who moves in a man's world, protected by the reputation of her philosopher father. Yet her entire life is set to change when Aristotle dies, leaving his daughter to discover that the world is a place not of logic but one of superstition, and that a girl can be preyed upon by gods and goddesses as much as by grown men and women...
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LONGLIST 2012 - SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
The Sweet Girl is a remarkable novel, not just a pleasure to read but also a book that I expect to reread several times. --Jeet Heer, The National Post
The intimate and the infinite are tangled together in this incandescent book, lit by Aristotle's bright spark of a daughter. Lucid even in nightmare, The Sweet Girl slips sideways around the philosopher to examine the lives of girls and women when we were not yet human. --Marina Endicott, author of The Little Shadows and Good to a Fault
Annabel Lyon is a wonderful writer, adept at breathing life into the ancient past. She reanimates near-mythical characters until we feel we know them intimately--their dreams and desires, their brilliance and their failings--which is an achievement only the finest historical novelists can aspire to. I loved The Golden Mean, and to return to the world of Aristotle and Alexander in The Sweet Girl is a rare pleasure. --Jane Johnson, author of The Tenth Gift, The Salt Road and The Sultan's Wife
Lyon shows with chilling precision just how quickly a life can unravel... She makes one thing devastatingly clear: in Pytho's world there's no such thing as freedom for women... Many reviewers of [Lyon's previous novel] commented upon the risks of attempting a first novel from Aristotle's perspective. But creating Pytho took no less boldness. --Madeline Miller, Guardian
Intense, impressionistic and mysterious... This novel thrills in its immediacy and the family at its heart, in their love for each other, are instantly, captivatingly real --Daily Mail
Lyon is an extremely skilled historical novelist... She conjures a cruel, superstitious society in all its visceral otherness. --Financial Times
A bold and captivating new novel of what it means to be a woman in ancient Greece, from the celebrated, award-winning author of The Golden Mean.
'The Golden Mean is one of the most convincing historical novels I have ever read' Hilary Mantel
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Book Description Condition: New. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 83460
Book Description Atlantic Books, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 8.78x5.75x0.94 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk085789952X