The Signature of All Things (Prebound)

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From Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of national best-selling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” comes the novel “The Signature of All Things.” “Signature” tells the story of American Alma Whittaker, daughter of a sensible Dutch mother and English thief-turned-botanical explorer. Alma grows up in one of the richest families in Philadelphia. Highly intelligent and passionate about plants herself, Alma becomes a son to her father, devoting her life to the family horticulture business. But meeting the ethereal and artistic Ambrose Pike changes everything. Alma finds herself traveling the world in attempt to understand the intersections of science, spirit and love. Gilbert is a wonderful writer and this is a terrific story. -Eileen Garvin, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

— Eileen

October 2013 Indie Next List

“This novel spans two centuries and offers the reader details of travel, adventure, love, family dysfunction, and science. Alma Whitaker is born in 1800 to a self-made man who becomes the richest man in Philadelphia. Alma is brilliant but homely, and during her long, loveless life she pursues the study of botany, ultimately proposing one of the first theories of evolution. Gilbert expertly tracks Alma's travels around the world, her struggles with her family and the man with whom she falls in love, and her desperate need to understand the mechanisms behind all life.”
— Kate Mai, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her short story collection, "Pilgrims," was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, "Stern Men, " was a "New York Times" Notable Book. Her 2002 book, "The Last American Man, " was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," which has been published in more than thirty languages; a film based on the memoir, starring Julia Roberts, opened in August 2010. Her most recent book, the memoir" Committed: A Love Story, " appeared in 2010. In 2008, "Time "magazine named Gilbert one of the most influential people in the world. Her website is
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606365727
ISBN-10: 0606365729
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: June 24th, 2014
Pages: 512
Language: English