Girl Meets Boy

Girl Meets Boy

The Myth of Iphis

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Working with her sister, Imogen, at a Scottish bottled-water business, Anthea, flighty and bored with the corporate environment, falls for a protest artist nicknamed Iphisol, in a funny, lyrical adaptation of Ovid's gender-bending retelling of the myth of Iphis. By the author of the Whitbread Prize-winning author of The Accidental.

Perseus Publishing
Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But in Whitbread winner Ali Smith’s lyrical, funny, mash-up of Ovid’s most joyful gender-bending metamorphosis story, girl meets boy in so many more ways than one. Imogen and Anthea, sisters that are opposites, work together at Pure, a creative agency attempting to ?bottle imagination, politics, and nature” in the form of a new Scottish bottled-water business with global aspirations. Anthea, somewhat flighty and bored with the office environment, becomes enamored of an ?interventionist protest artist” nicknamed Iphisol, whose billboard-size corporate slurs around town are the bane of Pure’s existence. And when Anthea and Iphisol meet, it’s a match made in heaven. Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that’s as sharply witty as it is lyrical. Funny, fresh, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a myth of metamorphosis for a world made in Madison Avenue’s image, and the funniest addition to The Myths series from Canongate since The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.


Blackwell North Amer
Imogen and Anthea, sisters who are opposites, work together at Pure, a creative agency attempting to "bottle imagination, politics, and nature" in the form of a new Scottish bottled-water business with global aspirations. Anthea, flighty and bored with the office environment, becomes enamored with an "interventionist protest artist" nicknamed Iphisol, whose billboard-size corporate slurs around town are the bane of Pure's existence. When Anthea and Iphisol meet, it's a match made in heaven.
Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that's as sharply witty as it is lyrical.

Publisher: New York : Canongate, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781847670199
1847670199
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMITH
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Ali Smith captures the myth of Iphis in a contemporary story of gender fluidity, subversion, and anti-capitalist activism. It's a beautiful love story, and a slap at commercial values.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book comment: "It was very messed up."

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Jun 05, 2008

A very fine romance.

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Jun 05, 2008

(I can't bring myself to say the word.)
(Dear God. It is worse than the word cancer.)
(My little sister is going to grow up into a dissatisfied older predatory totally dried-up abnormal woman like Judi Dench in that film Notes on a Scandal.)
(My little sister is going to have a terrible sad life.)
...(My sister would be banned in schools if she was a book).

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