“She wanted to understand the world, and she made a habit of chasing down the information to its last hiding place”–Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things
- Here’s what happens:
- This is the story of tough and intellectual Alma Whitaker, the product of two resilient and entrepreneurial botanists in the New World, and her adventures with sisterhood, womanhood, love, and, of course, science.
- It’s good because:
- It’s a rich and colorful story, written by an author who has proven herself to be exceptionally gifted at the crafting of exotic voyages.
- Read if:
- As with most historical fiction books, considerable time is spent providing context for the setting and customs of the period. While this was a little slow-paced for me (the historical feats of botany isn’t my typical area of intrigue), the epic story awaiting readers after the historical details is worthwhile.
Up next: Hong Kong with The Expatriates by Janice YK Lee.