BookBrowse Reviews Love and Fury by Samantha Silva

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Love and Fury

A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft

by Samantha Silva

Love and Fury by Samantha Silva X
Love and Fury by Samantha Silva
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    May 2021, 288 pages

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While staying true to history and respecting the legacy of one of the feminist movement's pioneers, Samantha Silva's lavishly written Love and Fury offers readers a sorrowful but uplifting retelling of Mary Wollstonecraft's life.

Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for being an early advocate for women's rights and the mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Undeniably ahead of her time, Wollstonecraft suffered a tarnished reputation until she was elevated to icon status in the 20th century as feminist ideology gathered steam.

Aside from penning multiple works of fiction and non-fiction — most famously A Vindication of the Rights of Woman — Wollstonecraft lived a colorful life filled with love, loss and acts of defiance. It was the events of this life that overshadowed her legacy (see Beyond the Book). In Love and Fury, however, her story is told with a deft blend of sensitivity and aplomb.

The novel opens on August 30, 1797, the day that Mary Shelley was born. We meet Wollstonecraft and her husband, anarchist philosopher William Godwin, and see the day's events through the eyes of ...

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