This Locus Award-winning novel by American author Ursula K. Le Guin is told from the perspective of Lavinia, the princess with the flaming hair. Though she hardly says a word in Virgil’s Aeneid, she is beautifully reanimated in Le Guin’s modern retelling. Her domineering mother Amata favours King Turnus of Rutulia as Lavinia’s match. But Lavinia has other ideas—she dreams of the famous Aeneas whom she has been told of by the ghost of Virgil, called here simply ‘the poet’. Lavinia’s fate is decided: she cannot concede to wedding Turnus, but with that comes the knowledge that this decision will result in war—Aeneas has her heart.
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