Aganetha Smart was a poor farm girl who could run like the wind, but this was rural Canada in the 1920s when girls didn’t run, they didn’t train, they didn’t compete or dream of the Olympics and they certainly didn’t win.
Aganetha Smart was about to change all that.
Girl Runner, Carrie Snyder’s debut novel, is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.
I have to admit when I first got this book I assumed it was non-fiction. I was quite surprised to find out it wasn’t but I enjoyed it anyway. It is quite similar to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred-Year-Old Man, we see Aganetha at the age of 104 looking back on her life. Though I think this novel is quite a bit more serious.
This book is about running and the Olympics. The way the author writes about running is so lyrical it will make you want to go outside and run. But it is also about women’s rights and unwanted pregnancy. I have to admit when I got to the end of this book I refused to believe I was finished. It was a lovely book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think everyone should read this.
*I received a copy of this book from Two Roads Books in exchange for an honest review.