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Her lost words : a novel of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593198438
  • ISBN: 0593198425
  • ISBN: 9780593198421
  • Physical Description: xiv, 423 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes readers guide.
Summary, etc.: "From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Frankenstein, a tale of two literary legends--a mother and daughter--discovering each other...and finding themselves along the way, from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Marie Thornton. 1792. As a child, Mary Wollstonecraft longed to disappear during her father's violent rages. Instead, she transforms herself into the radical author of the landmark volume A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she dares to propose that women are equal to men. From conservative England to the blood-drenched streets of revolutionary France, Mary refuses to bow to society's conventions and instead supports herself with her pen until an illicit love affair challenges her every belief about romance and marriage. When she gives birth to a daughter and is stricken with childbed fever, Mary fears it will be her many critics who recount her life's extraordinary odyssey... 1815. The daughter of infamous political philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, passionate Mary Shelley learned to read by tracing the letters of her mother's tombstone. As a young woman, she desperately misses her mother's guidance, especially following her scandalous elopement with dashing poet Percy Shelley. Mary struggles to balance an ever-complicated marriage with motherhood while nursing twin hopes that she might write something of her own one day and also discover the truth of her mother's unconventional life. Mary's journey will unlock her mother's secrets, all while leading to her own destiny as the groundbreaking author of Frankenstein. A riveting and inspiring novel about a firebrand feminist, her visionary daughter, and the many ways their words transformed our world"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 March #1
    In this engaging biographical novel, Thornton (A Most Clever Girl, 2021) explores the lives of an iconic mother-daughter duo. Mary Wollstonecraft escapes her abusive father to settle in London, where she makes waves as a feminist philosopher. Her interest in the French Revolution brings her to Paris during the Terror, where she has a doomed romance. But it's William Godwin who captures Wollstonecraft's heart, and their passionate relationship is a true meeting of the minds. Mary Shelley never knew her mother, who died soon after her birth, but she spent her youth enveloped in her mother's words. She flouts convention, eloping with the married poet Percy Shelley and giving birth to a child out of wedlock. Shelley writes her first novel, Frankenstein, as part of a competition between herself, her husband, and Lord Byron, cementing her legacy as the mother of science fiction. Thornton deftly maneuvers through her subjects' lives in alternating chapters, highlighting the ways both women defy expectations regarding marriage, motherhood, and women's roles in society. Readers who enjoy sweeping, emotional biographical fiction about iconoclastic women will be hooked. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Stephanie Marie Thornton is a high school history teacher and lives in Alaska with her husband and daughter.

Subject: Wollstonecraft, Mary 1759-1797 Fiction
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft 1797-1851 Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
Authors Fiction
Feminism Fiction
Genre: Novels.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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