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This month’s Feature is inspired by the weekly bookish meme The #Friday56 created by Freda at Freda’s Voice. For this meme, we open our books to page 56 and our ebooks to 56% and pick a short and sweet snippet to share. What is so great about this meme is you can use any book to participate! With this #Friday56, we are getting gothic in honor of the Godmother of Gothic, Mary Shelley, and her August 30th birthday. Here are the Page 56 excerpts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and three other gothic fiction all Shelley fans should devour that piqued our interest while providing thematic insights for future readers.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved Book Cover

Alone, the last man with buffalo hair among the ailing Cherokee, Paul D finally woke up and, admitting his ignorance, asked how he might get North. Free North. Magical North. Welcoming, benevolent North. The Cherokee smiled and looked around. The flood rains of a month ago had turned everything to steam and blossoms. “That way,” he said, pointing. “Follow the tree flowers,” he said. “Only the tree flowers. As they go, you go. You will be where you want to be when they are gone.”

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Book Cover

My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction. My daily vows rose for revenge—a deep and deadly revenge, such as would alone compensate for the outrages and anguish I had endured.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover

Perhaps he had read it, and had begun to suspect something. And, yet, what did it matter? What had Dorian Gray to do with Sibyl Vane’s death? There was nothing to fear. Dorian Gray had not killed her.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights Book Cover

Cathy, catching a glimpse of her friend in his concealment, flew to embrace him; she bestowed seven or eight kisses on his cheek within the second, and then stopped, and drawing back, burst into a laugh, exclaiming, “Why, how very black and cross you look! and how–how funny and grim! But that’s because I’m used to Edgar and Isabella Linton. Well, Heathcliff, have you forgotten me?”

Your Turn

So…what is the Page 56 excerpts that stand out in your current read? Did you share a #Friday56 on Instagram? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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