by Joanne Rendell
Just released: September 7, 2010
Description from the amazon:
A woman's unexpected connection to a nineteenth-century writer changes her life in the new novel from the author of Crossing Washington Square.
Clara Fitzgerald's recent losses have set her adrift, personally and professionally. Remembering the stories her mother used to tell her, Clara decides to research her ancestry-only to uncover an extraordinary link to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.
With her sister in tow and the help of Kay, a retired Shelley scholar, Clara embarks on a search for the author's long lost journals and letters.
As a bond among the three women grows, and as the profound connection between the past and present deepens, Clara comes closer to realizing where her heart truly belongs.
Told from alternating points of view between Clara and the young Mary Shelley who is preparing to write Frankenstein, Out of the Shadows is a tale of hubris and greed, passion and truth, loss and love.
Interview excerpt with author from Free Book Friday:
How did you get the idea for the novel?
In short, Mary Shelley inspired me to write Out of the Shadows. I’ve always loved her most famous novel Frankenstein. In this wonderful gothic story, Mary Shelley dared to ask “what if?” She looked around at the emerging technologies of her time and she considered their darker sides and how they could turn monstrous. I still find it amazing that she wrote such a daring and thoughtful, poignant and provocative novel when she was just nineteen. Not only that, she was living in early nineteenth century Europe when young girls weren’t supposed to think about monsters and science, let alone write about them!
Anyway, I knew I wanted to write a book with Mary Shelley as a primary focus and as I began to undertake biographical research, I fell in love with Shelley more and more. She was fiery and smart, outspoken and thoughtful, a non-conformist and a caring mother. She faced many tragedies in her life, including the early death of her husband, the famous romantic poet Percy Shelley. But she was strong too. She survived and she wrote many books and she learned to live a full life as a widow. Mary Shelley was a remarkable woman and she’s been hiding in the shadows of the monster she created for too long!
read more of the interview here
How about reading the original...
by Mary Shelley
Review: film - May - a Frankenstein retelling
Open to all.
Offer ends: September 30, 2010
TO DO (3-parts):
1. Sign guestbook (if you haven't already).
2. Read at least two of Titania's Frankenstein posts and leave her a comment.
Review: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
Review: Film - Frankenstein
Review: Frankenstein's Bride by Hilary Bailey
Review: Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Hoyboer O'Keefe
3. Come back here and tell me something interesting from her posts.
fyi: you can get the Kindle edition free
please note: image of Frankenstein book is not the actual one that i'm giving away. i just liked this cover.
Contest has ended - winner is here
with links to posts and giveaways from the other Zombiettes