A. D. 62: Pompeii, a novel Review By Rebecca East
A twenty-first century woman finds herself stranded in first century Rome, where she is sold to a wealthy family as a house slave. This situation provides her with an intimate, Upstairs / Downstairs look at household life
in the ancient world. Her knowledge of the future enables her to become a storyteller. She draws upon sources that range from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales to Shakespeare's plays for persuasive messages about
the rights of women and the humanity of slaves. As her influence over the family grows, she earns the love of her master and his daughter -- and the hatred of jealous rivals. In this gentle fable about the power of stories to
change people's lives, Miranda's life becomes as mythic as the stories she tells.
This report prepared by Rebecca East