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Annabel Lyon on The Golden Mean

The Golden Mean by Annabel LyonAbout The Golden Mean

Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?

Annabel Lyon: A frequent reaction I’ve had from readers is that they went into the book reluctantly, expecting a novel about Aristotle to be dry, and how pleasantly surprised they were to find it violent, sexy, earthy, engaging.  I hope it’s most notable attribute is that it gives life to a figure we’re used to imagining as encased in cold, white marble.

Book Club Buddy: Have you acquired any good anecdotes surrounding this book? If so, could you share one?

Annabel Lyon: The rejection letter that said it seemed like it’d been written by a man.  The woman who took the book back to the bookstore when she hit the word “cunt” and got her money back.

Book Club Buddy: Did researching and writing this book teach you anything or influence your thinking in any way?

Annabel Lyon: It taught me that I have the stamina to write a novel.  As a natural-born short-story writer (the way some people are natural-born 5K runners rather than marathoners), I had to finish the novel to learn this.

Book Club Buddy: What would you most like readers to tell others about this book?

Annabel Lyon: It’s worth your time.

Book Club Buddy: Can you suggest one question readers might find interesting to discuss, concerning you, your writing in general, or this book?

Annabel Lyon: A lot of readers have been startled by my use of contemporary language in the novel, particularly bad language.  This always opens up a lively discussion in book clubs and at readings.  For a brief answer to why I made this choice, see my blog “The Golden Mean” at annabellyon.blogspot.com, under the entry “Anachronism”.

Book Club Buddy: How can readers help you promote this book?

Annabel Lyon: Talk to others about it, tell them you don’t need a background in philosophy, it’s not dry.  Men seem to enjoy it as much as women, so maybe keep that in mind.  Thank you!

About Annabel Lyon

BCB: Why do you write?

Annabel Lyon: I’m no good at anything else.

BCB: What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Annabel Lyon: Tenacity.

BCB: What quality do you most value in yourself?

Annabel Lyon: Tenacity.

BCB: In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?

Annabel Lyon: My family.

BCB: What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

Annabel Lyon: I’m definitely most proud of my two children.  Writing pales next to them.

BCB: Is there any new or established author whom you feel deserves more attention, and what is it that strikes you about his or her work?

Annabel Lyon: The American short story writer Joy Williams deserves far greater recognition.  She’s published in places like The New Yorker, but (outside of other short story writers, at least in this country), people don’t seem to have heard of her.  I’d recommend her last collection, The Honored Guest, in a heartbeat.

Read more about Annabel Lyon and her award-winning novel  The Golden Mean.

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