Over the weekend I finished Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran. Outstanding historical fiction. The story is told (seen) primarily from the eyes of children ranging in ages from 7 – 14 and I think that it was an intriguing angle for telling a story of a time and a culture that many think they may know or at least identify with in many ways. Moran gives you new ways to reflect on the differences, and sometimes similarities, between Roman culture and current times. The main character is of course Cleopatra’s Daughter, Selene who is 10 at the start of the story and 15 at the end. I thought Moran painted a fascinating portrait of Roman life following the time of Julius Caesar and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
~ Erica Jong