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The Movement of Stars

Amy Brill

It is 1845, and Hannah Price has lived all of her 24 years in the Nantucket Quaker community into which she was born. Expected to marry and have children, Hannah dreams of something more: discovering a comet and winning the gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark. When she agrees to tutor Isaac Martin, a young, dark-skinned whaler from the Azores, Hannah has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America, Brill's debut is a richly drawn portrait of desire and ambition in the face of adversity.