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Love and fury : a novel of Mary Wollstonecraft / Samantha Silva.

Silva, Samantha, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library SIL (Text) 33500013408075 New Available -
Mahnomen Public Library SIL (Text) 33500013408083 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250159113
  • ISBN: 1250159113
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"Midwife Parthenia Blenkinsop has delivered countless babies over the course of her career, and when she arrives at Mary Wollstonecraft's door, everything appears normal. But after the baby girl is delivered, the women will spend the next harrowing days together, fighting for the survival of both mother and daughter. Over those eleven days, Mary Wollstonecraft recounts the life she dared to live amidst the impossible constraints and prejudices of the late 18th century, rejecting the tyranny of men and marriage, risking everything to demand equality for herself and all women. She weaves her riveting tale to keep her fragile daughter alive and give her a reason to fight, even as her own strength wanes. Wollstonecraft's urgent story of loss and triumph forms the heartbreakingly brief intersection between the lives of a mother and daughter who will change the arc of history and thought for centuries to come. In radiant, emotionally gripping prose, Samantha Silva delivers an ode to the dazzling life of Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the world's most influential thinkers and mother of the famous novelist Mary Shelley. But at its heart, Love and Fury is a story about the power of a woman reclaiming her own narrative and passing along that legacy to her daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 May #2
    The lives of trailblazing English proto-feminist writer and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, overlapped by only 11 days as Wollstonecraft tragically died from postpartum infection in 1797. In her second novel, following Mr. Dickens and His Carol (2019), Silva probes the perspective of another literary icon as she imagines Wollstonecraft, weakened from childbirth, telling, at her midwife's suggestion, her life story to her baby over the course of those precious few days. Wollstonecraft's passionate declaration of selfhood carries readers on a wide-ranging, deep journey as she eloquently voices the circumstances shaping her views—being raised in a large family in which her father abused her mother, growing infuriated by gender inequality—as well as her strong attachments to other independent thinkers and her struggles to escape societal constraints. Wollstonecraft ends up doubting that equality is possible in marriages of men and women. Related with superb detail regarding late-eighteenth-century locales and intellectual pursuits, Silva's portrait of the revolutionary Wollstonecraft generates an absorbing tale of courage, sorrow, and the dance between independence and intimacy that delivers a sense of triumphant catharsis. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Samantha Silva is the author of the novel, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, and a screenwriter who has sold projects to Paramount, Universal, and New Line Cinema. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

Subject: Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797 > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Women > England > History > 18th century > Fiction.
Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797.
Mothers and daughters.
Genre: Fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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