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A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway.
On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.
Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.
Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.
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A wonderful book that kept me reading day and night until I finished it. Knowing parts of it to be real, made it even more enjoyable. Also, it has now peaked my interest in new subject matters of which to read.
Love books that are researched well and can to teach me, the reader, something I didn't already know. That is a big part of why I read. And this book does just that; beautifully told story of close friendship amid scientific discovery. Isaac's Storm is another one you may like if you like historical fiction.
Wonderful. I feel as though I've spent a week visiting with these two "remarkable" women.