The book is released tomorrow and already it's generating great acclaim, including a very positive front-page review in the New York Times from Barbara Kingsolver. Publicity and buzz are one thing, but it's so rewarding when the writing justifies all the attention. Below is my spoiler-free review.
If you're in the New York area, she'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square tomorrow night kicking off her book tour. Here are the other details on her tour.
In telling Alma’s story, Gilbert, best know for her memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, confidently reaches back in time to tell the story of a woman whose thirst for information and knowledge knows no bounds, a heroine who would be at home in the a novel by Dickens or Eliot. “She wished to live within humanity’s most recent moment, at the cusp of invention and progress,” Gilbert tells us. Born the daughter of a wealthy trader, Alma is privileged not only by wealth, but also by the freedom to explore nature and all its wonders in a large estate outside of Philadelphia named White Acre.