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Remarkable creatures
Chevalier, Tracy
Adult Fiction CHEVALI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Chevalier's newest is a flat historical whose familiar themes of gender inequality, class warfare and social power often overwhelm the story. Tart-tongued spinster Elizabeth Philpot meets young Mary Anning after moving from London to the coastal town of Lyme Regis. The two quickly form an unlikely friendship based on their mutual interest in finding fossils, which provides the central narrative as working-class Mary emerges from childhood to become a famous fossil hunter, with her friend and protector Elizabeth to defend her against the men who try to take credit for Mary's finds. Their friendship, however, is tested when Colonel Birch comes to Lyme to ask for Mary's help in hunting fossils and the two spinsters compete for his attention. While Chevalier's exploration of the plight of Victorian-era women is admirable, Elizabeth's fixation on her status as an unmarried woman living in a gossipy small town becomes monotonous, and Chevalier slows the story by dryly explaining the relative importance of different fossils. Chevalier's attempt to imagine the lives of these real historical figures makes them seem less remarkable than they are. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

New York Times best-selling author Chevalier's ( sixth historical novel, following Burning Bright (2007)-also available from Recorded Books and Penguin Audio-centers on two unique women who bond over their shared love of fossils. Chevalier's overemphasis on the gender inequalities and class rivalries of early 19th-century England occasionally weighs the novel down, but the juxtaposition of actresses Charlotte Parry's and Susan Lyons's vocal qualities as they render their respective characters provides auditory interest, and the joint narration of the text helps to move the story along. Those with a predilection for historical fiction, English settings, and strong female characters will greatly enjoy this audio, which benefits from beginning- and end-of-disc announcements. [The Dutton hc received a starred review, LJ 11/1/09.-Ed.]-David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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