Remarkable Creatures, a novel by Tracy Chevalier, reviewed by Ruth Curtiss

Photograph of Ruth Curtiss on her 90th birthday with a hat shaped like a cake with candles

Ruth Curtiss

 Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier: The remarkable creatures in the title of this book are the fossils which can be found on some sandy beaches and in rocky structures, in this case along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in England, not far from London. Sometimes they fit together like a puzzle to form what was once a prehistoric creature and they were then given to a museum.

The novel is set in the early 1800s and is about 3 sisters and another young woman, all spinsters (the term for unmarried women in this era who are past the age at which they would normally marry).  One of the sisters and the other young woman spend their lives in search of interesting fossils.  It was a different type of novel, part fact and part fiction. I recommend it.

Note: Ruth Curtiss is my mother. At age 93 she continues to read at a phenomenal pace. Check back for more contributions by her.

    • Maurine Kilo
    • March 4th, 2011

    oooh! what a great idea! book suggestions! i love it!

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