The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a story about desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge. The novel follows the Whittaker family, spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The story starts off following the patriarch of the family, Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who eventually becomes the richest man in Philadelphia. But his daughter, Alma, has quite the story as well as the novel follows her extraordinary time growing up in a moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.