The Signature of All Things: A Novel

The Signature of All Things: A Novel

Elizabeth Gilbert


A excellent, sweeping novel of wish, ambition, and the thirst for wisdom, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

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In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, putting her inimitable voice into a charming tale of affection, event and discovery. Spanning a lot of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, the radical follows the fortunes of the extreme Whittaker family members as led by means of the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a very good fortune within the South American quinine exchange, ultimately changing into the richest guy in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s amazing daughter, Alma (who inherits either her father’s funds and his mind), finally turns into a botanist of substantial presents herself. As Alma’s study takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a guy named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable work of orchids and who attracts her within the complete opposite direction—into the area of the non secular, the divine, and the paranormal. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this not likely couple is a determined have to comprehend the workings of this global and the mechanisms in the back of all life.

Exquisitely researched and instructed at a galloping speed, The Signature of All Things soars around the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and past. alongside the way in which, the tale is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the fairly mad. yet such a lot memorable of all, it's the tale of Alma Whittaker, who—born within the Age of Enlightenment, yet dwelling good into the economic Revolution—bears witness to that impressive second in human heritage whilst all of the outdated assumptions approximately technological know-how, faith, trade, and sophistication have been exploding into risky new principles. Written within the daring, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s clever, deep, and spellbinding story is sure to seize the hearts and minds of readers.

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