"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
One thing I can say is that Gilbert definitely can write. She weaves her tale expertly and even makes it sound like a 19th century novel. The amount of meticulous research that must've gone into this book, richly detailed with history and science, amazed me. The story itself is good, although I felt the parts discussing the realm of the spiritual (even almost veering toward magical realism, in my opinion) go on a bit too long. I liked the basic premise of a woman who, despite many disappointments and unfulfilled dreams, still makes the best that she can of her life and never stops searching for meaning.