Remarkable Creatures

By Tracy Chevalier
Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452296725, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 2010

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“Tracy Chevalier brings history alive in Remarkable Creatures, which fictionalizes the story of Mary Anning, a young fossil hunter, who in the early 1800s made a discovery along the English seacoast that challenged the world views of geologists and theologians. Chevalier's skillful storytelling takes the reader back in history to walk in the footprints of this remarkable woman.”
— Carol Hicks, Bookshelf At Hooligan Rocks, Truckee, CA


Description
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 Runaw"ay.
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.



About the Author
TRACY CHEVALIER is the author of "New Yorks Times" bestselling "Girl with a Pearl Earring." She holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. An American originally from Washington, DC, she currently lives in London with her husband and son.
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