The Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters

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Houghton
1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark.

1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary’s maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of her unborn child from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? It is only on her visits to the Huguenot bookseller who supplies her master’s scientific tomes that she realizes the nature of his obsession. And she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself.

With exquisite prose, dark humor, and a historian’s eye for detail, Clare Clark has created another transporting novel.



Baker & Taylor
In 1718, sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally, left pregnant following a reckless love affair, journeys to London to escape the scandal and take a job as an apothecary's maid, only to find herself working for a mysterious apothecary who refuses to let her see his face or enter the study where he pursues his experiments. By the author of The Great Stink.

Harcourt Publishing
1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark.

1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary’s maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of her unborn child from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? It is only on her visits to the Huguenot bookseller who supplies her master’s scientific tomes that she realizes the nature of his obsession. And she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself.

With exquisite prose, dark humor, and a historian’s eye for detail, Clare Clark has created another transporting novel.



Blackwell North Amer
1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark - and no wonder, since everyone knows that mothers who do not protect themselves from shocking sights could turn their unborn children into monsters.
1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul's Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary's maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of her unborn child - a wealthy merchant's son - from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? And why is she having vivid dreams of ferocious dogs?
On one of her visits to the friendly Huguenot bookseller who keeps the apothecary supplied with scientific tomes, she finally realizes the nature of her master's obsession. And when she learns that Mary, too, is pregnant, she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1718, sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally, takes a job in London as an apothecary's maid, only to find herself working for a mysterious apothecary who refuses to let her see his face or enter the study where he pursues his experiments.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007
ISBN: 9780151012060
0151012067
Branch Call Number: FICTION CLARK
Characteristics: 382 p.

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Smreka
Aug 21, 2010

A dark bit of coming-of-age work. For a novel that started of with a roar, it got cooled off pretty quickly. It was interesting to follow changes in the heroine's attitude - from self-centered to desolute, and back to determined agian; I do wish more of the original flame was preserved through the book.

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