Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Betray the Night

Betray the Night: A Novel About Ovid
by Benita Kane Jaro

The poet of love, the wanton princess, the most powerful man
the world has ever seen: a clash of wills and story of love....

In the year 8 AD, at the age of fifty, the most famous poet in Rome, Publius Ovidius Naso, known to us as Ovid, is suddenly exiled by the Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason. His young and beautiful wife Pinaria stays behind to try to salvage something of their lives and to work to bring him home. A woman alone, she is handicapped by the powerlessness of her position. It is not until she leaves behind the world of men to search among the people Rome has forgotten: the women, the slaves, the runaways and temple prostitutes, that she begins to understand what has happened to her life and her husband’s, and what the world around her really is.

Historically accurate, deeply researched, and poetically written, Betray the Night is a sympathetic reading of the position of women, and a study of the terror of power. Exciting and fast moving, it may be read on its own or as a companion to Benita Kane Jaro’s trilogy The Key, The Lock, and The Door in the Wall.

Cover art by Thom Kapheim.

260pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-712-4

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