For Book Beginnings:
That dark spring, Lake Geneva tossed like an angry beat. Astronomers, citing mysterious patches on the sun, predicted the end of the world.
- p. 1
For Friday 56:
As their small parade of wagons rattled through London, vying for space between carriages, chaises, carts, and myriad pedestrians, the neighborhoods grew increasingly shabby. An odor permeated the air, growing stronger with each turn of the wagons' wheels. Mary thought it to be compounded with thick chimney smoke, refuse of all kinds an excrement, both animal and human.
- p. 56
About The Determined Heart by Antoinette May: The daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley had an unconventional childhood populated with the most talented and eccentric personalities of the time. After losing her mother at an early age, she finds herself in constant conflict with a resentful stepmother and a jealous stepsister. When she meets the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she falls deeply in love, and they elope with disastrous consequences. Soon she finds herself destitute and embroiled in a torturous love triangle as Percy takes Mary’s stepsister as a lover. Over the next several years, Mary struggles to write while she and Percy face ostracism, constant debt, and the heartbreaking deaths of three children. Ultimately, she achieves great acclaim for Frankenstein, but at what cost?