Carrie Snyder, author of Girl Runner, on tour February 2015

Posted By on January 21, 2015

Girl RunnerAbout Girl Runner

• Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper (February 3, 2015)

An unforgettable novel about competition, ambition, and a woman’s struggle to earn a place in a man’s world, Girl Runner is the story of 1928 Olympic gold medalist Aganetha Smart. Will Aganetha’s undeniable talent help her to outrun the social conventions of her time, or the burden of her family’s secrets?

As a young runner, Aganetha Smart defied everyone’s expectations to win a gold medal for Canada in the 1928 Olympics. It was a revolutionary victory, because these were the first Games in which women could compete in track events—and they did so despite opposition. But now Aganetha is in a nursing home, and nobody realizes that the frail centenarian was once a bold pioneer.

When two young strangers appear asking to interview Aganetha for their documentary about female athletes, she readily agrees. Despite her frailty, she yearns for adventure and escape, and though her achievement may have been forgotten by history, her memories of chasing gold in Amsterdam remain sharp. But that triumph is only one thread in the rich tapestry of her life. Her remarkable story is colored by tragedy as well as joy, and as much as Aganetha tries, she cannot outrun her past.

Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner peels back the layers of time to reveal how Aganetha’s amazing gift helped her break away from a family haunted by betrayals and sorrow. But as the pieces of her life take shape, it becomes clear that the power of blood ties does not diminish through the years, and that these filmmakers may not be who they claim to be. . . .

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About Carrie SnyderCarrie Snyder

Carrie Snyder’s Girl Runner is shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her previous book, The Juliet Stories, was shortlisted for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award and named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of the Year. Her first book, the short story collection Hair Hat, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction. A mother of four, Carrie lives with her family in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Find out more about Carrie at her website, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Carrie’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, February 3rd: Bookshelf Fantasies

Wednesday, February 4th: BookNAround

Thursday, February 5th: Broken Teepee

Monday, February 9th: Lit and Life

Tuesday, February 10th: Books on the Table

Wednesday, February 11th: A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, February 12th: missris

Monday, February 16th: The Discerning Reader

Wednesday, February 18th: Olduvai Reads

Thursday, February 19th: Helen’s Book Blog

Tuesday, February 24th: Fuelled by Fiction

Wednesday, February 25th: Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, February 26th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall

Friday, February 27th: A Bookish Affair

Thursday, March 5th: Bee Splendid

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