Norton Publishers
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Norton (2019-03-12)
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Historical adventure fiction


Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning

by Shorr, Victoria

Moments of great intensity in the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc, when each faced a decision that would shape her legacy.

When Jane Austen's father deeded the family home to her brother, Jane was tossed to the winds, no money to her name, probably too old to be wed. At this bleak moment, she receives a proposal of marriage from a rich but boring man. Midnight takes us to the hour of her decision: between financial security and her writing career.

When sixteen-year-old Mary Godwin eloped to France with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she was already pregnant. Midnight finds her pacing the Italian shore, five days after her husband has ventured out in a shaky boat on a stormy day. He has not returned.

The fanatic Joan of Arc maintained faith in divine rescue until the first time she was tied to the stake. Realizing that she would burn, she recanted. In Midnight, she confronts her imminent death before facing the flames for a second time.

Victoria Shorr is a writer and political activist. Her first novel, Backlands, was named one of Booklist's top-ten first novels of 2015. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California, where she co-founded the Archer School for Girls.

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»A fresh and instructive investigation of three iconic lives and minds.«

Review: Kirkus Reviews

»Shorr's work bolsters reams of factual information (including heart-stopping facts, like the time Austen's case containing Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility was almost lost when it was put on a ship to the West Indies by accident) with imaginative extrapolation.«

Review: Brit+Co

»Enthralling. The last pages had me sitting bolt upright, completely oblivious to anything but Joan of Arc's last moments. I've never read anything like this book.«

Quote: TitanicJessica Chiccehitto Hindman, author

»[A] gripping, imaginative foray into the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc, as each faced a life-altering event.«

Quote: Devoney Looser, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University and

»Written with a novelist's narrative flair and a biographer's factual command . [Midnight] delights and informs on every bold page.«

Quote: John Lahr, author

Italian: SEMSocietá Editrice Milanese

Quote: Norton

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