From the award-winning author of The Golden Mean, a captivating, wholly transporting new novel that follows Aristotle’s strong-willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny: an unexpected love story, a tender portrait of a girl and her father, and an astonishing journey through the underbelly of a supposedly enlightened society.
Aristotle has never been able to resist a keen mind, and Pythias is certainly her father’s daughter: besting his brightest students, refusing to content herself with a life circumscribed by the kitchen, the loom, and, eventually, a husband. Into her teenage years, she is protected by the reputation of her adored father, but with the death of Alexander the Great, her fortunes suddenly change. Aristotle’s family is forced to flee Athens for a small town, where the great philosopher soon dies, and orphaned Pythias quickly discovers that the world is not a place of logic after all, but one of superstition. As threats close in on her—a rebellious household, capricious gods and goddesses—she will need every ounce of wit she possesses, and the courage to seek refuge where she least expects it.
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Lyon's prose throughout is elliptical and hauntingly spare...At its best this combination produces a potently elegiac understatement, thrumming with irony. But there are times when it feels a bit featureless, robbing the story of rich detail.Read Full Review of Sweet Girl | See more reviews from Guardian
The Sweet Girl is a novel that confounds expectations. Lyon's easy colloquialisms and modern slant on ancient Greek behaviour encourage us to see the seeds of a progressive culture in Pythias's intellectual blossoming...Read Full Review of Sweet Girl | See more reviews from Guardian
The story is triumphant — and the storytelling, too, is a triumph. Lyon has delivered a beautifully made and otherworldly (ancient-worldly?) novel, revealing a land of kings, gods and demons that somehow seems as familiar as our own.Read Full Review of Sweet Girl | See more reviews from NPR
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