A Storm in the Stars: A Novel of Mary Shelley

A Storm in the Stars: A Novel of Mary Shelley

by Don Zancanella
A Storm in the Stars: A Novel of Mary Shelley

A Storm in the Stars: A Novel of Mary Shelley

by Don Zancanella


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In London, early in the nineteenth century, five-year-old Mary Godwin, daughter of philosopher William Godwin, plays with her sister Fanny, mourns her deceased mother, and marvels as a hot air balloon lands not far from the Thames. Nearby, in Sussex, eleven-year-old Percy Shelley entertains his three sisters by telling them stories and performing tricks with chemicals and fire.

A few years later Mary and Percy meet and fall in love in the Godwin bookshop near Black Friar’s Bridge. At first their romance seems doomed—Percy is a well-known atheist and already has a wife, and Mary is only seventeen and a under the care of her father and his overbearing second wife. But they consider such impediments trivial and are soon on their way to Ireland, to Switzerland, and across Europe (with Mary’s flighty half-sister Claire in tow).

Upon reaching Lake Geneva they find lodgings near where the notorious poet Lord Byron and his peculiar personal physician John Polidori are staying—the same Lord Byron Claire seduced back in London, her reasoning being that if Mary can have a poet, why can’t she? And so begins the summer when Mary Shelley will begin writing her novel about a man who brings to life a creature of his own making, Percy and Lord Byron will debate politics and poetry in the midst of lightning storms, Polidori will begin writing his novel about a man with a taste for human blood, and snow will fall in the middle of July.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953002167
Publisher: Delphinium
Publication date: 08/16/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 130,492
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Don Zancanella’s most recent novel Concord was released in April 2021 (Serving House Books). Zancanella is well known as a short fiction writer, including his John Simmons/Iowa Short Fiction award winning collection, Western Electric (University of Iowa Press, 1996) and the 1998 O. Henry Prize winner "The Chimpanzees of Wyoming Territory" published in the Alaska Quarterly Review. More recently, “Mr. Dog” was cited as a distinguished story of the year in the 2019 Best American Short Stories, and “Feed Them” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2020). Don Zancanella was born in Laramie, Wyoming. He taught at the University of New Mexico and lived in Albuquerque. He currently lives and writes in Boise, Idaho with his wife and rescue dogs.
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