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"Schwartz's magical novel is at once gripping and tender, and the intricate plot is engrossing as the reader tries to solve the mystery. She doesn't miss a beat in either the characterization or action, scattering clues with a delicate, precise hand. This is, in the end, the story of the anatomy of the human heart." - Booklist (starred review)
Dana Schwartz’s Anatomy: A Love Story is a gothic tale full of mystery and romance.
Hazel Sinnett is a lady who wants to be a surgeon more than she wants to marry.
Jack Currer is a resurrection man who’s just trying to survive in a city where it’s too easy to die.
When the two of them have a chance encounter outside the Edinburgh Anatomist’s Society, Hazel thinks nothing of it at first. But after she gets kicked out of renowned surgeon Dr. Beecham’s lectures for being the wrong gender, she realizes that her new acquaintance might be more helpful than she first thought. Because Hazel has made a deal with Dr. Beecham: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, Beecham will allow her to continue her medical career. Without official lessons, though, Hazel will need more than just her books—she’ll need corpses to study.
Lucky that she’s made the acquaintance of someone who digs them up for a living.
But Jack has his own problems: strange men have been seen skulking around cemeteries, his friends are disappearing off the streets, and the dreaded Roman Fever, which wiped out thousands a few years ago, is back with a vengeance. Nobody important cares—until Hazel.
Now, Hazel and Jack must work together to uncover the secrets buried not just in unmarked graves, but in the very heart of Edinburgh society.
With an elegantly macabre touch, Schwartz (And We're Off) stitches a haunting romance with the gritty realities of corpse-related medical practices in 19th-century Edinburgh. Thanks to her absent father, a lord and navy captain, and preoccupied mother, 17-year-old Hazel Sinnet is left alone in the castle with two servants; she's also allowed free rein of her father's library, including the scientific and surgical tomes dear to her heart. As the specter of plague threatens—the illness that claimed her older brother—Hazel hatches a daring ploy to offer more help than society will strictly allow, wearing traditionally male clothes to take classes in surgery. Joining her quest is an unlikely companion, stagehand and "resurrection man" Jack, whose ability to procure bodies through less-than-legal means meshes with Hazel's desire to practice surgery. Though Hazel is all but engaged to her viscount cousin, her unlikely, secret friendship with Jack blossoms as delicately curated details decorate an intricately woven, unsettling plot that is occasionally overwhelmed by Hammer-like atmospherics. Characters read as white. Ages 13–up.
Captivating fun read. Loved the history and following the brave and brilliant young Hazel. The ending seemed a bit rushed but left me wanting more.
Anatomy: A Love Story
Delicious historical fiction
Loved every moment and told everyone I know to read it!