“And it was always the stories that needed the telling that gave us the rope we could cross any river with. They balanced us high above any crevasse. They made us be natural acrobats. They made us be brave”
A bold and joyous retelling from Ovid’s Metamorphoses by the award-winning, bestselling author of How to be Both
Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances?
Ali Smith’s remix of Ovid’s most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can’t be bottled and sold. It is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations. Funny and fresh, poetic and political, here is a tale of change for the modern world.
The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
“Exuberant … Slender, sweet natured and lyrical”
”Girl Meets Boy pulls you in and doesn’t let you go … bold and brilliant”
“A glorious wide-awake dream of a book … My heart was beating and tears stood in my eyes, even as I had the biggest smile written all over my face”
“Poetic … Smith remembers what the ancients knew: that musical words drum a beat through to understanding”