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The Signature of All Things

 
 
Author
Elizabeth Gilbert.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781408841921
Pages/Publication Date 582/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52485
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(Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction) In this sweeping, fast-moving novel of love, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, the author of the memoirs Eat, Pray, Love and Committed returns to fiction in a historical epic spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Alma Whittaker is born in 1800, the daughter of expatriate English botanical explorer Henry Whittaker, who made a fortune in the South American quinine trade and became the richest man in Philadelphia. Inheriting Henry's intellect as well as his fortune, Alma becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As her research takes her deeper into the biological mysteries of evolution, however, she falls in love with a man who makes incomparable paintings of orchids, and who draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist, but what unites this unlikely couple is the drive to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Elizabeth Gilbert's tale takes us from London, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam to Peru, Tahiti, and beyond, in the company of missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. "Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act," wrote Barbara Kingsolver in the New York Times Book Review. "The Signature of All Things is a bracing homage to the many natures of genius and the inevitable progress of ideas, in a world that reveals its best truths to the uncommonly patient minds."
 
 
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