Preview of Remarkable Creatures

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Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring, is releasing a new book today.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!  And you will too!  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Remarkable Creatures. Giveaway coming soon.

What It’s About

From the publisher:  “From the moment she’s struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is different. Though poor and uneducated, she learns on the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast that she has a unique gift: “the eye” to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip — and the scientific world alight with both admiration and controversy. Prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster and also a fossil hunter, becomes Mary Anning’s unlikely champion and friend, and together they forge a path to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.”

About the Author

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Tracy lives in London with her husband and son.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree at a college in Ohio, then when on to a Master’s degree from the University of Anglia, Norwich, England.  Tracy shares her favorite books, music, television shows and more at her website,  There are also Reading Group Guides for all her books.   The website is interesting reading itself, check it out!


“So vivid you can feel the sea breeze on your face.”

Riveting . . . With this intriguing story, Chevalier convincingly creates a past time and place and gives a nod to two forgotten women.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“[Chevalier] admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative. We care for these two headstrong women as they defy, sometimes unwittingly by just being themselves, the conventions of their day. It is a remarkable story about two very remarkable women.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Remarkable Creatures
A Novel
By Tracy Chevalier
Published by Plume
October 26, 2010;$15.00US/$17.50CAN; 978-0-452-29672-5

Book Trailer


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