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One dilapidated house and the two families who lived in it, one more than 100 years after the other. Or is it two houses at the same street number? The clue is in the bricks. Willa, present-day resident, takes it upon herself to research the history of the house that is falling down around her ears, in the hopes of acquiring a grant to rebuild it.
In alternate chapters, Thatcher Greenwood, school teacher, becomes friends with his neighbour Mary Treat (real person) who is interested in local flora and fauna, keeps spiders in jars in her living room and feeds her fingers to carnivorous plants, while maintaining a correspondence with Charles Darwin.
The place is Vineland, a utopian colony built by a Mr Landis (real place).
All these elements are fascinating, excellent material for a book; unfortunately it is dull in parts and I had to force myself to keep on reading. I'm sure it would have been better if Tracy Chevalier had written it. Or perhaps if seen through the eyes of Tig rather than Willa.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Note to whoever picks up the book: I hope you enjoy it, and would appreciate your thoughts (you can remain anonymous if you prefer). Local bookcrossers meet up on the first Tuesday of every month at Vapiano opposite Lausanne station, to swap books and talk about this and that (from 6pm in the corner behind the cash desk and Petit-Chêne entrance)