Remarkable Creatures

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Remarkable Creatures

By Tracy Chevalier

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780452296725, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 2010

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 "At the Edge of the Orchard" and"Girl With a Pearl Earring."
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 New York Times bestselling author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.