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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

To many Elizabeth Gilbert is simply the author of Eat, Prey, Love. Those who think of her like that will be surprised to find that she is a brilliant novelist. This is an ambitious, epic historical novel set at the beginning of the 19th century that takes us from London’s poverty to America’s new world and then on an incredible global journey. Alma, our heroine, is an engaging and fascinating woman in an era where achieving anything as a woman wasn’t easy and her warmth and humanity sing from the page. An absolute joy to read.

If you like Elizabeth Gilbert you might also like to read books by Rose Tremain, Annie Proulx and Deborah Moggach.

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Synopsis

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

Reviews

Unlike anything else she has ever written ... Its prose has the elegant sheen of a 19th-century epic, but its concerns - the intersection of science and faith, the feminine struggle for fulfilment - are especially modern -- Steve Almond International Herald Tribune

The story of Alma Whittaker's journey of discovery has irresistible momentum -- Helen Dunmore The Times

Ms 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 ... 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 -- Barbara Kingsolver International Herald Tribune

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing.

Elizabeth Gilbert currently lives in Philadelphia.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Elizabeth Gilbert

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www.elizabethgilbert.com/

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9781408841921

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