Recently author Elizabeth Gilbert held a contest where readers got to decide on the cover for her new book. Above is the winner. I love it- very earthy and simple and pretty. You probably know Elizabeth best from her extraordinary book, Eat Pray Love. If you haven’t read it, do so then watch the movie starring Julia Roberts.
Her new book won’t be out until October but here is a glimpse of what you have to look forward to:
“Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own, within the world of plants and science.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this ambitious novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. Along the way, the novel is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.
Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It is written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time. Alma Whittkaer is a witness to history, as well as maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightened Age, and she is certain to be loved by readers across the world.”