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In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker; a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact 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 a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.
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"Starred Review. [T]here is much pleasure in this unhurried, sympathetic, intelligent novel by an author confident in her material and her form." - Publishers Weekly
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Elizabeth Gilbert Author Biography
Elizabeth Gilbert was born in 1969 in Connecticut. She grew up on a
small family tree farm, with her sister, novelist and historian Catharine
Gilbert Murdock (author of Dairy Queen, the first in a series for teens).
She attended New York University and graduated in 1991 with a BA in Political
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