July 25, 2021

#BookReview: Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj

Synopsis: Anna Caritj's LEDA AND THE SWAN, about a female college student who wakes after a wild Halloween frat party to find she isn't exactly sure what happened with the guy she went home with, and can't recall the last words she spoke to the classmate who now seems to be missing; pitched as having elements of "Prep," "Cat Person," and "The Secret History," a novel about infatuation, sex, consent, risk, regret, power, and one woman's search for answers about her future.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
For a debut novel I was incredibly impressed.  This one kept me engaged throughout the story. There were a few times where the pacing was a tiny bit slow but not enough to bother me. Leda wakes up after a frat party unable to remember much of the night and finds her lip cut and a girl that she spoke to missing. As she goes through the next few weeks trying to piece everything together we get to tackle several hard subjects such as sorority/frat life, drinking/drugs, sexual conscent, and a missing person. I felt this was done tastefully.   Overall I  loved this story and can't wait to read more from this author. 

Praise for Leda and the Swan:

“A propulsive and beautifully written campus thriller."People

“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

"Delivering a suspenseful plot and a necessary conversation around sex, consent, and power, this thrilling debut novel by Anna Caritj is one you won't want to put down."—Women's Day

“A thrilling mystery that is a twist on a classic story. Caritj provides readers with an enthralling and page-turning debut. At its core, Leda is a captivating and suspenseful mystery that blossoms into an insightful commentary on ambition and sex in contemporary society.”—Debutiful

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

About the Author

Anna Caritj holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. She lives in Virginia with her husband. Leda and the Swan is her first novel. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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