The Signature of All Things

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The Signature of All Things is Elizabeth Gilbert's most ambitious and exploratory book yet, and it was also one of the best reviewed novels of 2013. Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker — a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women's lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself. Readers all over the world fell in love with this unique character — the rare heroine of literature whose fortunes are neither rescued nor ruined by a man.

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The Signature of All Things is Elizabeth Gilbert's most ambitious and exploratory book yet, and it was also one of the best reviewed novels of 2013. Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker — a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women's lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself. Readers all over the world fell in love with this unique character — the rare heroine of literature whose fortunes are neither rescued nor ruined by a man.

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