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Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/28/2019

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Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418893
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418909


Exquisite and nuanced in its storytelling, Midnight crafts intimate, humanizing portraits of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc that ask us to behold the women behind the icons.

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Product Description

Midnight is a study in the courage of three women—Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc. Jane Austen was poor in 1802, unmarried and homeless. She had outlines, ideas, and first drafts of her future novels but no place to sit and write them. It is at this bleak moment that she receives an offer of marriage from a rich man. Midnight takes us to the hour of her decision between financial security and her writing life.

When sixteen-year-old Mary Godwin elopes to France with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she scoffs at the cost—life as an outcast. Together they travel through Europe, reading and writing, but Midnight finds her alone, eight years later, pacing a terrace overlooking the Italian shore, watching for Shelley to sail home over stormy seas in a shaky boat.

Joan of Arc, imprisoned in chains, kept her faith for a long year. Be brave, daughter of God, her saints had whispered, you will be saved—and she believes it, until she is taken to be burned at the stake. Midnight is the story of Joan's final days, between her terrified recantation and her heroic return to the stake.


“Shorr is remarkably good at making these oft-told stories seem as exciting as lived experience.” —New York Times Book Review

“A fresh and instructive investigation of three iconic lives and minds.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Victoria Shorr's first novel, Backlands, was named one of Booklist's top ten first novels of 2015. She cofounded the Archer School for Girls in California and the Pine Ridge Girls' School in South Dakota. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.