The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All ThingsI read Eat, Pray, Love and loved it. (The movie ruined the experience, though).  I also enjoyed Committed, Gilbert’s second memoir.  The Signature of All Things is historical fiction, and I almost didn’t pick it up based on the fact that I usually must be coerced into this genre.  This book breaks out of classification and holds the reader in all the folds and layers of a family saga.  The book follows the historic beginning of Darwin’s theories  and discoveries and places the characters down in the middle of a time when an educated woman needed to follow social norms and bow to the male opinion- no matter how incorrect.

A few months ago our book group read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.  This novel has the same familiar note, but I would call it the orchestra version.