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The Mapmaker’s Wife – Spotlight

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Author – Robert Whitaker Type – Book Genre – Nonfiction Publisher – Basic Books Publication Date – 2004 The galley for The Mapmaker’s Wife came across my desk in my early days as a development assistant at a small production company and had all the makings of a book I’d dread having to read: historical non-fiction, 350+ pages, a jacket that didn’t really excite me. . . . However, once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Set in 18th Century colonial Peru, the story follows Isabel Gramesón, a young woman from an elite Peruvian family. Barely a teen, she married Jean Godin, a Frenchman visiting the territory on a scientific expedition conducting research at the equator to prove Galileo’s theory that the earth was round. When Jean traveled across South America to get permission from colonial authorities to bring his wife back to France with him, he wound up…

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