A bold novel of the lives of girls and women in ancient Greece, from the celebrated, award-winning author of The Golden Mean.
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, she will need every ounce of wit she possesses, and the courage to seek refuge where she least expects it.
ANNABEL LYON's first novel, The Golden Mean, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, The Golden Mean has been translated into 14 languages and became a #1 bestseller in Canada. Among Lyon's other work is Oxygen, a short-story collection nominated for the Danuta Gleed Award, and The Best Thing for You, a collection of novellas that was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Before Lyon decided to write full-time, she studied classical music, philosophy and law, and taught piano. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and two children.
"Lyon's use of a modern voice captivates in this follow-up to her debut novel."
"Lyon has given her new heroine a voice that's warm and tender and questioning and very, very smart.... There are no clichés in this coming-of-age fable, just memorable characters and some very human truths."
—The Georgia Straight
"A remarkable novel, not just a pleasure to read but also a book that I expect to reread several times."
—Jeet Heer, National Post
"Lyon has done the requisite homework...and convincingly mixes the modern with the ancient."