In the 1840’s a young woman from Nantucket discovered a comet and as a result, she received a medal and prize money from the King of Denmark. When author Amy Brill discovered Maria Mitchell’s story, she thought there was a book in the making. After much study of Mitchell, Brill ended up writing a novel, based loosely upon the female astronomer’s life, and she named her star-gazing heroine Hannah Price.
The book that resulted from her discovery of Maria Mitchell, is a wonderful and engrossing tale of a young woman who has a passion for science in a world that had yet to open itself fully to women. Amy Brill presents a well-researched backdrop of 1847 Nantucket, and the Quaker society that Hannah Price belongs to. What a wonderful first novel! The premise is terrific, and Hannah Price’s struggles in the world of science and her love story that defies social convention, are an accurate reflection of the day. Add that to Brill’s beautifully descriptive writing style, and like me, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013