Suzanne Frank Twilight in Babylon

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Twilight in Babylon

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Separated from the man she loves, Chloe Kingsley finds herself alone in Mesopotamia, haunted by memories and driven to survive. Here, in a land where upheavals in the heavens and a flood on earth portend catastrophe for mankind, the rulers demand an appeasement - a beautiful young woman to placate the gods.

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The final installment in Frank's time traveler series picks up where Sunrise on the Mediterranean left off, but those who haven't read the previous books will struggle for a foothold in this ever-shifting quagmire of names, places and customs. By some unexplained means, Chloe Kingsley, a 20th-century American time traveler, lands in the body of a Mesopotamian marsh girl just in time to survive a flood of biblical proportions. Taking these events in stride, Chloe strikes out across the water-logged land until she reaches the city of Ur. The people of Ur have judicial and educational systems, but their society is patriarchal-and Chloe promptly decides to change that. Meanwhile, Chloe's husband, Cheftu, winds up in the body of Ur's high priest of fertility and sets about trying to find his wife. In an author's note, Frank admits to jumbling her facts, and it shows. Amidst the profusion of biblical references, secondary characters and dodgy details (the people seal clay documents in clay "envelopes" and are obsessed with beer), a picture of a curiously modern yet primitive society emerges. While archeologists may balk at this bold depiction of ancient life, Frank's cinematic prose brings her bizarre civilization to vivid life.
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It turns out that ancient Jerusalem, where Cheftu and Chloe decided to settle at the end of Sunrise on the Mediterranean (1999), is not their place for happy-ever-aftering. When Chloe is mortally injured in a fire, Cheftu rushes her to the Ark of the Covenant, where she is once again swept up in time, landing in the body of a marsh girl caught in an ancient Sumerian flood. As she gradually figures out who she is, she seeks out Cheftu, her nineteenth-century time-traveling French physician husband, and discovers analogies between the commerce and politics of Ur and that of her twentieth-century Texas home. As Chloe agitates for the education of females, reforms cuneiform writing, and starts the first fast-food franchise to utilize the golden arches, stargazers are predicting the necessity of human sacrifices to avert another disaster of great-flood proportions. Vivid historical detail makes Iraq's deep past spring to life, while a tongue-in-cheek style and lively escapades make Frank's latest time-travel adventure impossible to put down. Diana Tixier Herald
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