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From the moment she’s struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has “the eye” and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Written by Tracy Chevalier and based on the true story of Mary and fellow fossil hunter Elizabeth Philpot, this is a novel about friendship and of how one woman’s gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.