Mailbox Monday

Into my mailbox came a belated birthday book from one of my closest friends at school. It is Tracy Chevalier’s newest work, Remarkable
Creatures
.

From the moment she’s struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is different. Though poor and uneducated, she discovers on the windswept beaches of the English coast that she has a unique gift: “the eye” to spot fossils no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to gossip-and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men,  however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with uncommon interests, she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter cold, storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man.

Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster recently exiled from London, who shares he passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Remarkable Creatures is an inspiring novel of how one woman’s gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century. Above all, it is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.

(Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.)

28 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday

  1. I replaced my digital camera, and so finally I'm able to post pictures again. I had to put these bleeding heart blossoms in my header for Spring, don't you agree? 😉

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  2. Beautiful banner Bellezza.That book is interesting! The plot and the cover is making me really curious. I find it easy to love a book with women as protagonists.

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  3. This sounds very interesting, I like the way it sounds like it'll cross several genres. I've heard of Tracy but never read any of her work. I think I might add this to my list.

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  4. Charlie, I've only read her book The Girl With The Pearl Earring which I loved and The Lady and The Unicorn (not so much). I hope this one is good; the premise sounds fascinating, doesn't it?

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  5. Have you read Chevalier's Burning Bright? It's about William Blake apparently. Have it on the tbr but not sure if I'll like it as I did Girl with a Pearl Earring. Very interested to hear your thoughts on Remarkable Creatures.. enjoy your books! The new header is lovely. Don't forget to change it again tomorrow! 😀

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  6. Oh my goodness, it was simply magical. That was my second time to visit the Cinque Terre but my first to spend some time there. Between there and Positano, I am so in love. I've been to Italy three times but swear I could live there. If I could just transport a few important things and people with me, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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