Shula is a slave in fabled Sumer - until Inanna, Queen of Heaven, appears before her. Chosen by the Goddess for reasons she cannot begin to fathom, Shula is freed from bondage and set upon an uncertain path toward a new and mysterious destiny. But the attention of the gods is a dangerous thing...Wendy Chrenko is an overworked graduate student, researching her dissertation on "Remnants of Matriarchy in the Ancient Sumerian Inanna Cycle." Still recovering from a failed love affair, Wendy is determined to prove that men and women once lived together in perfect harmony, even if it means volunteering for a bizarre and dangerous scientific experiment. Separated by millennia, Shula and Wendy are two very different women, leading completely separate lives. Or maybe not.
Anne Harris won the 1999 Spectrum Award for her novel, "Accidental Creatures." Her previous novel, "The Nature of Smoke," was praised as "an impressive debut" by "Publishers Weekly." She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.