BY Advocate.com Editors
September 06 2011 4:00 AM ET
Stella Duffy’s Theodora
(Penguin, $10) is an amorous and coercive novel that educates all who read it.
Duffy, a well-known lesbian author of critically acclaimed literary and crime
novels, covers all aspects of the life of Theodora, infamous Byzantine empress
and wife of the sixth-century ruler Justinian. The book’s well-researched pages
are filled with the facts of Theodora’s life, and the plot twists come directly
from the real-life scandals throughout her life as an empress, actress, and
whore. Duffy’s passion for her enchanting Theodora shows through in every chapter.
— Andi Alexander