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Just as twentieth century science fiction writer Robert Heinlein conceptualized butterflies as "self-propelled flowers," nineteenth century observers viewed these fleeting creatures through the prisms of their imagination. National Book Award finalist William Leach (Land of Desire) has taken what seems to be a narrowly niched topic (Victorian era butterfly collection in America) and placed it within the tensions and changes of the time. The men who sought and mounted their specimens are today mostly unknown, under Leach's scrutiny, these Butterfly People can be observed grappling with issues about the industrial age, the free market economy, humans' relationship with nature, and evolution.