From the Foot of the Mountain by Claudia Morrison
Finalist for The Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 1991
The journals of Claudia, wife of Cornelius Pollio, set in the days of the reign of the emperor Vespasian. Although Claudia’s story takes place in the months preceding the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, her conflicts with her married daughter, her ambivalence toward her dutiful, correct husband and her love affair with her son’s tutor are conflicts that could be encountered in any historical period, and seem particularly pertinent to our own. Faithful in detail to the Roman period, written in a chaste, classical style, From the Foot of the Mountain is both an historical novel and an allegory of our times. Part political satire, part romance, part prophecy, and deeply feminist, it will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.
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