Call Me Athena
Call Me Athena was inspired by the author’s grandmother, Mary, the daughter of French and Greek immigrants. In 1930s Detroit, Mary is fiery, her twin sister is tame—Mary doesn’t want to be a Good Greek Girl. Her story unfolds in bundles of graceful verse, alternating with chapters about each of her parents, from before they came to America. Despite the generational gap, their stories mirror each other, and Colby Cedar Smith includes fascinating endnotes that provide context to historical references—to WWI and the city of Detroit—which are brought to life with the electricity of love at first sight. Mary’s tale is that of a feminist Cinderella. Recommended by Mary
This enchanting novel in verse captures one young woman’s struggle for independence, equality, and identity as the daughter of Greek and French immigrants in tumultuous 1930s Detroit.
Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit is a beautifully written novel in verse loosely based on author Colby Cedar Smith’s paternal grandmother.