Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
‘Lessons In Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus really is a slice of magic. It has everything a truly brilliant book needs – characters you fall completely in love with, depth, heart, and humour. I have been pushing it into the hands of everyone since I read it.
Elizabeth Zott is a feminist and a modern thinker as well as being an incredibly gifted chemist in 1960s America, but her male colleagues cannot get past the fact that she's a woman, and only interact with her to steal her ideas and her work. Her life takes a turn for the better when she meets Calvin Evans, another brilliant chemist, who sees all that she is capable of. Sadly, life is not kind to them, and Elizabeth ends up on her own with a young daughter that she never really wanted. To make ends meet, she reluctantly ends up hosting a cooking show but uses her chemistry background to get her female viewers to question and challenge the limitations society places on them.
Elizabeth Zott is just one of the many wonderful characters in a book which is positively brimming with them. You will fall in love with so many - not least of all Six-Thirty who has to be my favourite literary dog of all time. A unique, warm, witty, and beautiful debut about motherhood, grief, loneliness, sexism and the power of being your authentic self. A must read.