Elizabeth Gilbert -- The Signature of All Things -- Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Auditorium
A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns
to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of
love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the
extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry
Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South
American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in
Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who
inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a
botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her
deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man
named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who
draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the
spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded
scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple
is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the
mechanisms behind all life.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things
soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to
Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with
unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers,
astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most
memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age
of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears
witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old
assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding
into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that
singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to
capture the hearts and minds of readers.
Siging Guidelines/Ticketing Information: Vouchers
are available for this event tonight at the door (10/9).
You recieve your voucher in exchange for purchasing The Signature of All Things ($28.95 + tax) at Books & Books. This voucher entitles you to recieve one (1) copy of The Signature of All Thingsand also serves as your entry for two (2) people to Elizabeth Gilbert's talk and book signing at Miami Dade College tonight (10/9).
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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 Web site is www.elizabethgilbert.com.