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By MARGAUX HENQUINET
Three summers ago, Lise Saffran and her husband visited Washington’s San Juan Island and attended a performance of “The Tempest,” a play by William Shakespeare.
It is the story of Prospero, a nobleman exiled to an island with his infant daughter, Miranda. At the beginning of the play, Prospero conjures a storm to wreck a ship sailing by, carrying his enemy. The enemy’s son washes ashore, and eventually he and Miranda fall in love.
Saffran had seen the play before, but that performance was the first time she was seeing it as a parent. She saw themes she had missed before: protecting children and keeping them safe while letting them grow.
At the end of “The Tempest,” Prospero is ready to “step off the stage,” Saffran said, accepting it is the young lovers’ time.
“It occurred to me that that would be more difficult if you were a single mother and not quite ready to step off that stage” if you were still hoping for a romantic life, Saffran said.
With that idea, Saffran’s novel, “Juno’s Daughters,” was born.
Saffran will speak about the novel at the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, at 7 p.m. on March 23. Continue reading