Antoinette May, author of The Determined Heart, on tour October 2015

Posted By on July 30, 2015

The Determined HeartAbout The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein

Paperback: 410 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 29, 2015)

Frankenstein lives on as one of the most fascinating fictional creations of all time, but the true personal story of the women behind this work of genius is equally as compelling. In her new historical novel, The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein (Lake Union Publishing; September 29, 2015), New York Times bestselling author Antoinette May brings to life the tragic story of obsessive love, betrayal, and redemption that spawned an enduring classic. In a story more dramatic and tragic than anything a writer could invent, the lives of Mary Shelley, her great love, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her complex web of family and friends entwine in a chronicle of strange behavior, bohemian attitudes, and unconventional acts as far ahead of their time as the amazing literary work that grew from them.

Mary Godwin Shelley was the daughter of two revolutionary thinkers—political philosopher William Godwin and philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. An unconventional childhood in an intellectual, if impecunious household would shape the young girl’s renegade spirit. When still a teenager, she ran off with the already-married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, an act of equal parts passion and defiance that led to a life of wandering destitution. Espousing free love, the couple would endure its share of tragedies, each of which would add to their romantic legacy. From the darkness that surrounded her life, though, the brilliant and talented Mary imagined a timeless work of fiction that secured her place in history, if not her happiness.

 The Determined Heart is a masterful work of historical fiction that reanimates the timeless story of an iconic literary life.

“Epic in scope, this is a beautifully written novel about a woman whose story is every bit as extraordinary and gripping as that of the epic character she created, Frankenstein. May’s meticulous research and exquisite prose shine on every page.” —Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity and Woman of Ill Fame

“May displays a deft flair for historical fiction…” –BookList on Pilate’s Wife, A Novel of the Roman Empire

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Unknown-4About Antoinette May

Antoinette May is the author of Pilate’s Wife and The Sacred Well and coauthor of the New York Timesbestseller Adventures of a Psychic. An award-winning travel writer specializing in Mexico, May divides her time between Palo Alto and the Sierra foothills.

Antoinette May’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, September 29th: FictionZeal

Tuesday, September 29th: The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, September 30th: BookNAround

Thursday, October 1st: From L.A. to LA

Friday, October 2nd: Guiltless Reading

Monday, October 5th: It’s a Mad Mad World

Wednesday, October 7th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Thursday, October 8th: Outlandish Lit

Monday, October 12th: A Chick Who Reads

Monday, October 12th: The Chocolate Lady’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, October 13th: A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, October 14th: Mom in Love with Fiction

Thursday, October 15th: Just One More Chapter

Monday, October 19th: Reading Reality

Wednesday, October 21st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Friday, October 23rd: Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, November 4th: Bibliophilia, Please

 

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