Remarkable Creatures (2010) "Mary Anning leads with her eyes." Turns out they're eyes that can sweep the desolate rockstrewn beaches of Lyme Regis and see what no one… 2010-01-05 Fiction History Dutton Adult
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Remarkable Creatures (2010)

Tracy Chevalier, Remarkable Creatures | Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 05, 2010; Writer: Tracy Chevalier; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: Dutton Adult

''Mary Anning leads with her eyes.'' Turns out they're eyes that can sweep the desolate rockstrewn beaches of Lyme Regis and see what no one else can: fossils. Poor and uneducated, Mary finds an ally in tart-tongued Elizabeth Philpott, a London spinster who shares her passion for fossil hunting. They band together, challenging the Victorian-era men who try to take credit for Mary's discoveries. In many ways, Remarkable Creatures is as moving a story as Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring. But the author's jarring scientific asides — especially her discussions of Mary’s finds and their importance in the fossil record — punctuate the narrative so frequently that the story never truly flows. B–

Originally posted Jan 06, 2010 Published in issue #1085 Jan 15, 2010 Order article reprints