Friendship. Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier continues her formula of bringing the past to life through real characters in fictionalized narrative focused on craft with a new novel titled, Remarkable Creatures. The craft this time is fossil hunting, and the narrative focuses on the friendship between fossil hunter Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. While from different classes and background, a love of fossils brings them together and provides the glue for what would have been a tiresome novel without the complexities of their friendship. The difficult position of women in Victorian England provides ample grist for Chevalier to present these two women, especially with their contribution to the scientific thinking of the era. Readers who like historical fiction are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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