Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon

76%

8 Critic Reviews

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.
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Synopsis

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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About Annabel Lyon

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Annabel Lyon's first novel, The Golden Mean, was a number one best seller in Canada that won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and has been translated into fourteen languages. She is also the author of a story collection, Oxygen; a book of novellas, The Best Thing for You; and two juvenile novels, All-Season Edie and Encore Edie. Lyon lives in British Columbia with her husband and two children.




Author Residence: Vancouver, Canada




Author Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sweet Girl
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Madeline Miller on Jan 17 2013

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.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Kristen Treen on Jan 13 2013

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...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Jun 11 2013

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.

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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 07 2013

A provocative tale that undoes any romantic delusions a reader might hold about ancient Greek society and thought.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Levine on Jun 04 2013

...light fare for a historical novel that delves into the philosophical ferment of Socrates’, Plato’s and Aristotle’s world.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Claire Hopley on Jul 05 2013

...a novel that in its quiet way delights as it instructs.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Sep 21 2012

The Sweet Girl is a remarkable novel, not just a pleasure to read but also a book that I expect to reread several times.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Sep 21 2012

The Sweet Girl is a remarkable novel, not just a pleasure to read but also a book that I expect to reread several times.

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