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An unforgettable novel about competition, ambition, and a woman’s struggle to earn a place in a man’s world, Girl Runner is the story of 1928 Olympic gold medalist Aganetha Smart.
Snyder demonstrates creativity as well as polished writing. Significant narrative for a debut benchmark.
I was drawn to Aggie’s independence, her groundbreaking achievement and her desire for more when the era was limited to women. Despite her age, Aggie is witty, plucky and hearty. Her memory and losses are tearful, as she revisits her tormented past.
I was under the impression we would read of Aggie’s trials and tribulations of her Olympic experience and success, instead the book only skimmed the surface of this aspect. Describing the many challenges female athletes faced during this time period was glossed over, however, Aggie’s problem riddled personal and family issues monopolized attention as she flashes back to her painful history. Her resilience is inspiring, her escape mechanism running. The narrative is somewhat disincentive, never reaching its impetus with all its potential.
Snyder skillfully addresses life after glory, redemption, dreams and failures. Focusing on public and private uneasiness through a memorable character. Entertaining read.
About Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder’s Girl Runner is shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her previous book, The Juliet Stories, was shortlisted for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award and named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of the Year. Her first book, the short story collection Hair Hat, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction. A mother of four, Carrie lives with her family in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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