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The Signature of All Things

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Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her farther, Henry, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks's Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook's HMS Resolution. Alma's mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, is conversant in five living languages (and two dead ones). It is not long before Alma, an independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, comes into her own within the world of botany. But as her careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction-towards the mystical, the spiritual, the divine... The signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London to Tasmania, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters- missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad-most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern. A writer of incandescent talent' Annie Proulx 'Gilbert has a mix of Annie Proulx and John Irving' - The Times 'A rock star author who has swept millions of women away' - Oprah Winfrey 'Gilbert has presented a superlative novel of grand ideas and broad vision' - The Hoopla

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher Bloomsbury
ISBN ISBN:978-1-4088-5391-7, 9781408853917
Size Demy 1/8
Pages 501