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After her bestselling memoirs Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert returns with her first novel in thirteen years. This meticulously researched, beautifully written historical fiction traces the fortunes, travels, and life choices of the Whittakers; most particularly Henry, a formerly impoverished Englishman who becomes the richest man in Philadelphia, and his talented botanist daughter Alma. At first, Alma appears to be following in the footsteps of her empirically minded father, but her attention to the intricacies and wonders of nature eventually makes her susceptible to the gentle charms of Ambrose Pike, an artist of orchids. Their strangely harmonious romance of apparent opposites gives The Signature of All Things an appealing grounding that intertwines science and the spirit. Simply superb.