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Katherine Govier was immersed in writing a magazine article for Toronto Life about violent girl gangs when she realized she wanted to use the material in a novel. Having two teenaged children at home allowed her to eavesdrop as she researched the characters for her novel. One character in particular intrigued her: Cassandra, the truth teller.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Vintage Canada (first published 2000)
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Lauren
Nov 16, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
Sheesh, I thought that was a mess. There's just so much.....extra. An alternative school on the edge of Toronto, an enigmatic headmaster and his lady wife, girl gangs, a (literal) Cassandra and a trip to the acropolis that leads to self-immolation and a walk through deadly bees.

Ouch.

The characters of the gods and goddesses are interesting, but they are not nuanced and if you are looking to them as a base for your novel, you may find it difficult to create characters that anyone really cares mu
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Joyce
Jan 29, 2016 Joyce rated it it was ok
Who am I to be critical of a writer with as many accolades as Katherine Govier? Reading this book was a real drag. I slugged through it thinking I was missing the point and that I'd turn a page and find some redemption for the boredom. Not so. It seemed to be one of those books crammed with long paragraphs of "previously written technical notes meant to be used somewhere some day'. Pages of information about Greek mythology which didn't parallel the story or action of the book.
The girl gang was
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I couldn't get into this one. I'm not a private school girl.
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Katherine Govier is the author of ten novels, three short story collections, and a collection of nursery rhymes. Her most recent novel is The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel (HarperAvenue). Here previous novel, The Ghost Brush (published in the US as The Printmaker's Daughter), is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave. Her novel Creation, about John J ...more
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