the observer Sat 27 September 2008
When the 'highly suggestible, blindly rebellious' young Anthea sees Robin spraypainting anti-corporate slogans outside the offices of her advertising company, she's smitten. This novella about two girls falling in love is a reworking of Ovid, but it plays on a spectrum of other myths too, from the classical tradition to those we fabricate today about family, gender, products and values. ('Nobody grows up mythless,' Robin says. 'It's what we do with the myths when we grow up that matters.') Weaving in and out of what might constitute the 'real' world, resurrecting words 'sunk to the bottom of the sea' and fashioning them into new meaning, Smith has crafted an escapist fantasy and a taut, sharp polemic. It's an exuberant ode to youth, love and idealism - more than worthy of its place in the canon.