THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Viking; On-sale October 1, 2013
As Alma's careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love, a mysterious painter of orchids named Ambrose Pike, draws her into the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist of dogged perseverance, Ambrose a utopian artist who longs for purity and communion. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing – a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life. She is a witness to history, as well as a maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightenment Age.