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Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit: A Novel in Verse



by
Colby Cedar Smith

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Andrews McMeel Universal
Imprint
Andrews McMeel
ISBN
9781524865603
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Medical: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: Gun Violence
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Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit is a beautifully written novel in verse loosely based on author Colby Cedar Smith’s paternal grandmother. The story follows Mary as the American-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930s, creating a historically accurate portrayal of life as an immigrant during the Great Depression, hunger strikes, and violent riots.

Mary lives in a tiny apartment with her immigrant parents, her brothers, and her twin sister, and she questions why her parents ever came to America. She yearns for true love, to own her own business, and to be an independent, modern American woman—much to the chagrin of her parents, who want her to be a “good Greek girl.”

Mary’s story is peppered with flashbacks to her parents’ childhoods in Greece and northern France; their stories connect with Mary as they address issues of arranged marriage, learning about independence, and yearning to grow beyond one’s own culture. Though Call Me Athena is written from the perspective of three profoundly different narrators, it has a wide-reaching message: It takes courage to fight for tradition and heritage, as well as freedom, love, and equality.Author’s note, with black-and-white photographs. Notes.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Medical: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: Gun Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

576

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2021

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Novels in Verse

Topics

Twentieth-century history of Detroit, Michigan. Immigrants. Greece. France. United States. Family. Romance. 

 


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