Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Sweet Girl



I'm so pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of my sequel to The Golden Mean, entitled The Sweet Girl.

From the jacket copy:

"Pythias is her father's daughter, with eyes his exact shade of unlovely, intelligent grey. A slave to his own curiosity and intellect, Aristotle has never been able to resist wit in another--even in a girl child who should be content with the kitchen, the loom and a life dictated by the womb. And oh his little Pytho is smart, able to best his own students in debate and match wits with a roomful of Athenian philosophers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? Pythias must suffer that argument, but she is also (mostly) secure in her father's regard.

But then Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, and sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, most especially his famous Macedonian-born teacher. Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis, a garrison town. Ailing, mourning and broken in spirit, Aristotle soon dies. And his orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle's daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but also grace and the capacity to love."

4 comments:

kristinastanley.net said...

Congratulations on making the Giller Longlst.

We meet at the HSW Summer Workshop in 2010 and you signed my copy of The Golden Mean.

Good luck with the Giller. I hope you win!

Judith Starkston said...

Hi Annabel, I saw a review of Sweet Girl on Great Historicals, was intrigued, and realized I'd like to read and review it. I'm a classicist who both writes HF and reviews. Contact me via email through my website if you're interested in sending a review copy http://www.judithstarkston.com. Sorry for contacting you this way--couldn't find a contact anywhere else.

Right-Note said...

Hello Annabel,
I just finished reading The Sweet Girl, and feel compelled to congratulate you. Your ability to communicate the deepest of human feeling with such stark, "clean", unadorned language is enviable. I will read and reread your work in an effort to improve my own writing efforts. I find myself turning to writers such as yourself, David Bergen, Anne Enright because you offer work that so skillfully says so much with such a beautiful simplicity of language...such a difficult thing to do, and yet you make it seem effortless...Thanks so much! Best, Lori Callan

feistyredhair said...

Hello Annabel,
I just finished reading "The Golden Mean" and am very happy to find out there's now a sequel. It was a wonderful book about a historical period that I know very little about, so thank you for making it come alive for readers. I'm looking forward to reading more.