Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill {50}

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Title: Hideous Love
Author: Stephanie Hemphill
Release date: October 1, 2013
Pages: 320
An all-consuming love affair.
A family torn apart by scandal.
A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote
Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.
My teaser, from pp. 87-88 in the ARC:
While Shelley escorts Claire
to her carriage
I await at home,
maintaining my usual schedule.

When he does not return all day
I pace the house
with tears that fail to end.
I fear that Shelley has fled
with Claire
and left me,
like he did Harriet,
for good.
I've been thinking I should at least try a verse novel, since I feel prejudiced against them, and I am liking the idea of this one. We shall see! (As a fun note, my 50th Teaser Tuesday! Yay!)

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! Have a lovely Tuesday!

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