The Silence of the Girls (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Pat Barker's the Silence of the Girls is a new twist on a common story: What happens to the women of the losing side in a war? Here is the story of Trojan women from the perspective of Briseis, a Trojan Princess who is "awarded" first to Achilles but used as a weapon in a power struggle by Agamemnon. What is so startling is how vivid and modern the telling is. Briseis's voice could be any Syrian woman caught behind battle lines, or a girl kidnapped by Boko Haram. And that is Barker's point - this is happening now- it isn't just a semi-mythic heroic event. It is not romantic. Briseis and all the characters, men and women, are fully textured and passionately alive beings. I loved this book.

— Maeve Noonan

Weaving myth with historical fiction, Barker tells the story of Briseis, Achilles's prize girl won in battle. Through her candid first person narrative we're shown life at the Greek camps during the last weeks of the Trojan war. If violence is the nature of men during times of war, Barker shows us that for women, navigating the violent nature of men is their war. With an unflinching and unlikely heroine in Briseis, Barker delivers a story you won't soon forget. — Hanna Yost

September 2018 Indie Next List

“The women in Homer’s Iliad hardly ever speak; we are not privy to their thoughts, feelings, or anguish as expressed in their own words. Until now. The Silence of the Girls depicts moments of the Trojan War through the eyes of the female captives at the mercy of the men who have slaughtered their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, as they carve out new lives in the wake of war’s devastation. The focus of Barker’s novel is Briseis, through whose eyes we see, up close, the rift between Agamemnon and Achilles, the bond between Achilles and Patroclus, and the complex, beautiful support system the captured women weave together. Barker’s novel is a masterpiece of resilience, determination, fury, healing, and complicated, completely human characters.”
— Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643581095
ISBN-10: 1643581090
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Pages: 500
Language: English
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