Marianne Apostolides

Sophrosyne by Marianne Apostolides

Sophrosyne by Marianne Apostolides

Marianne Apostolides's most recent novel, Sophrosyne, is a downward tumble into the mind’s rabbit hole. Apostolides examines human nature, the connections and distinctions between intellect and feeling that affect the people around us, as well as our presence in, and outside of, any particular moment. Sophrosyne is powerful, stimulating, expressive, and introspective. I found myself reading and rereading several passages—pages, even—as I coursed through the book. I was able to lose myself while reading out loud in a crowded space, as if speaking to her characters and Marianne Apostolides herself. Sophrosyne is a haunting tale caught somewhere between that of Albert Camus’s The Fall and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower—it is demanding of care and intention.

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