Icon: A Novel

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Item No. 9781944967192

by Georgia Briggs

Forget your old name. Forget your parents. These are the things Euphrosyne’s grandparents and counselor tell her. But if Orthodox Christianity is a lie, why did the icon so dramatically save her life? And what can she do to get the icon back?

In a post-Christian America, where going to church, praying, or owning holy things means death, a twelve-year-old girl searches for the truth. Finding it may cost her everything.

Thanks to many reader requests, Georgia Briggs has created a Discussion Questions guide for her novel that can be used by book clubs, youth groups, homeschoolers, or anyone who'd like to start a conversation about this thought-provoking story! The guide has been included in the second printing of the book, which is now available.

The Discussion Questions guide is also available for free download at the link below.

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About the Author: Georgia Briggs was born and raised by two Anglophiles in Birmingham, Alabama. She now lives in the country with her husband, her two stepdaughters, and their chubby Boston terrier. When she is not writing or working as a librarian, she enjoys baking cookies and singing along with recordings of Russian men’s choirs. Georgia is a member of Saint Symeon Orthodox Church in Birmingham.

 

Age Range: 13+

Author: Georgia Briggs

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 5 X 7.5 inches

Page Length: 216 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith

ISBN: 9781944967192

Retail Price: $14.95

Interview with Georgia Briggs, author of Icon: A Novel

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Item No. 9781944967192

by Georgia Briggs

Forget your old name. Forget your parents. These are the things Euphrosyne’s grandparents and counselor tell her. But if Orthodox Christianity is a lie, why did the icon so dramatically save her life? And what can she do to get the icon back?

In a post-Christian America, where going to church, praying, or owning holy things means death, a twelve-year-old girl searches for the truth. Finding it may cost her everything.

Thanks to many reader requests, Georgia Briggs has created a Discussion Questions guide for her novel that can be used by book clubs, youth groups, homeschoolers, or anyone who'd like to start a conversation about this thought-provoking story! The guide has been included in the second printing of the book, which is now available.

The Discussion Questions guide is also available for free download at the link below.

icon-discussion-questions-graphic.jpgDownload the Icon Discussion Questions PDF

About the Author: Georgia Briggs was born and raised by two Anglophiles in Birmingham, Alabama. She now lives in the country with her husband, her two stepdaughters, and their chubby Boston terrier. When she is not writing or working as a librarian, she enjoys baking cookies and singing along with recordings of Russian men’s choirs. Georgia is a member of Saint Symeon Orthodox Church in Birmingham.

 

Age Range: 13+

Author: Georgia Briggs

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 5 X 7.5 inches

Page Length: 216 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith

ISBN: 9781944967192

Retail Price: $14.95

Interview with Georgia Briggs, author of Icon: A Novel

LOOK INSIDE... Icon: A Novel

 

 

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Meaningful Fiction

Ostensibly for Young Adults, this compelling book is also a great choice for adults who know or love (or have ever been) a teenager. In this dystopian future, faith and religion are outlawed and a teen girl struggles against the new authorities. Twelve-year old Euphrosyne has been renamed Hillary by the anti-religious government in the new “Era of Tolerance.” Her family has been killed, on Pascha, and she goes to live with her grandparents. Her teachers, psychologist, and even her grandfather want her to forget her past life and embrace the new secular tolerance. Euphrosyne struggles to hold onto her faith and identity in a new America hostile to religion. Extremely well done. Inspires the reader to hold fast to our own faith. One caution: a parent/friend has suggested this may not be a good choice for overly-sensitive children. Some tense dramatic situations; some violence.
Posted by Cynthia Long on 12th Sep 2018

wonderful story

It grabbed me from the first page, and I couldn't put it down. I cried a lot while reading -- the beauty of the Liturgy, the beauty of the representation of Orthodoxy, sadness, joy, recognition. One of my favorite parts was Euphrosyne during Liturgy, when she noticed that the church was fuller than could logically be accounted for. I love discovering fiction that portrays Orthodoxy positively and accurately. I've started recommending the book to friends.
Posted by Katherine on 20th Mar 2018

A future that's already happened

I'm a 63-year-old man and I found this novel engrossing.
One thing that struck me is that, while readers will take it as a dystopian vision of the future, there is nothing in the religious persecution it depicts that has not already been inflicted on people by some totalitarian regime somewhere, including Russia, Ukraine, Cuba, Cambodia and even Mexico.
One of the strengths of the story is the author's depiction of how ordinary citizens who go along to get along rationalize the persecution. They'll refer to religious people as those who "just can't move on", and the heroine's trips to the child psychologist are particularly revealing in that regard.
I highly recommend this novel to both adolescents and adults.
Posted by James on 21st Sep 2017