Taking us throughout the past and into the future as well as around the globe, Dara Horn’s latest novel shows how technology interfaces with tradition and how both can affect our memory of the past. The characters spring to life through a family’s conflict with the world and each other, as well as Josie Ashkenazi’s internal questioning of herself. The book travels smoothly from ancient Jewish history to the potential future of technology while never failing to make the story hit home for the reader.
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2014

 

Having thoroughly enjoyed and been impressed by Elizabeth Gilbert’s wit and story-telling gifts in her previous work, I held my breath wondering what she would do with a historical novel. I can breathe deeply now. The characters spring fully formed from the page, immersed in all the themes of early 19th-century life—poverty, the quest for knowledge (and wealth), art and craftsmanship, sea travel and trade, Calvinism, tropical botany, evolution, the class structure, abolition, and spiritualism. The Signature of All Things (Viking, $28.95) is a gripping, generational saga of parents and daughters; a sweeping, surprising, deeply engrossing, historical adventure and exploration of scientific and personal discovery; but primarily, it is the life of Alma Whittaker, privileged and educated daughter of a former thief and extraordinarily successful self-made businessman, as she becomes his heir and a gifted botanist and explorer in her own right. Unreservedly my favorite book of the year.

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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2013

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Published: Riverhead Books - June 24th, 2014

Most families keep the ancestral skeletons locked away deep in a closet, and the dirty laundry far from view, but Mercy, the youngest of The Rathbones (Doubleday, $26.95), is dead set on bringing it all to light. Mercy, the only daughter left of a decrepit whaling dynasty, journeys off to sea, embarking on the search for her father, brother, and the tangled secrets of her family tree. In this dizzying debut, Janice Clark pays homage to such classics as Moby-Dick and The Odyssey, but she infuses new life into the work with a heroine worthy of our modern era. The Rathbones is a story rich in detail, history, and, ultimately, all too-human characters. Clark, a fabulous storyteller, keeps you on the hook, wanting to learn the Rathbones’ secrets and to see if Mercy can find the forgiveness needed to unlock the pain and shame of her past generations.

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Published: Doubleday Books - August 6th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780345803610
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