Sleeping on the Moon
by Sylvia Adams« Back
$16.95 (CDN) / $14.95 (US)
Paperback (Poetry) · 8." x 5." · 112 pages
Release Date: September 2006
The story of Florence von Sass, a beautiful former slave who becomes the wife of British adventurer Samuel Baker, defies our understanding of Victorian exploration of the sources of the Nile. In 1859, Baker purchased Florence at a Turkish slave auction. A refugee, Florence had witnessed the slaughter of her father and brothers during the Hungarian uprising and had fled across the Danube. With Baker as companion and lover, she traveled Africa seeking a source of the Nile, and faces heat fever, near-starvation and harsh, often-impenetrable terrain with spirit and resourcefulness.
Sylvia Adams is an Ottawa novelist and poet. Her publications include the novel This Weather of Hangmen and the award-winning poetry chapbook Mondrain's Elephant. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States. She won ARC magazine's 2005 Diana Brebner Poetry Award. Poems from Sleeping on the Moon were short-listed for the 2005 Malahat Long Poem Award. She is instructor and facilitator for two Ottawa poetry groups.