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Leda and the Swan

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Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj
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May 04, 2021 | ISBN 9780593394700 | 797 Minutes

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Praise for Leda and the Swan:

“This thrilling debut novel from Anna Caritj gives the beloved campus novel an electric shot of mystery and, as its name suggests, offers a twist on classic notions of power and lust.”Town & Country

“[A] master class in atmosphere, so intoxicatingly ominous . . . . .A lonely, brooding page-turner about agency, identity, and consent.” Kirkus

“Affecting narrative about consent, power and loneliness”—TIME
“Long on atmosphere, a spooky-bucolic campus setting, and the strong character building of its tough, guarded protagonist. . . . Like the myth of its title, Caritj’s novel entangles the vulnerability and agency of young, mortal women.”Booklist

“Caritj pulls off a smart twist on the campus novel in her thrilling debut. . .an engrossing tale about the nature of consent, sexual violence, and performative activism. . .The book’s strength is in Caritj’s prose, as she builds a brilliant contrast between the quotidian nature of college life and postadolescent feeling of otherworldliness. . . .This thoughtful exploration of contemporary sexual politics hits the spot.” Publishers Weekly

Leda and the Swan had me totally enthralled. Anna Caritj has created a haunting and irresistibly intimate voice in Leda, a young woman navigating the bacchanalia of college Greek life against a riptide of both personal and public grief. This novel is a lush thrill.” Kate Reed Petty, author of True Story

“A riveting debut. At once a contemplative novel about a young woman finding her footing in this uncertain world, and a propulsive page-turning. A stunning read and an incisive new voice in fiction.” —Dana Czapnik, author of The Falconer

“Tense and terrifying and beautifully-observed, Anna Caritj’s accomplished debut is a propulsive journey into the dark heart of undergraduate life. Leda and the Swan is both a thriller and a gorgeously crafted exploration of loss, grief, and the painful, dangerous work of finding oneself. An exhilarating novel!” —Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of The Five Wounds

“Dark, delicious, and dangerous… Leda’s story is electrifying. I read with bated breath, wondering the entire time what would become of the missing girl, what would become of Leda. Caritj evokes a college world that is at once familiar and transporting, thrilling and terrifying. As Leda grapples with crucial, age-old questions about desire and consent, Caritj’s plot offers a powerful modern twist.” —Anton DiSclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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