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Anatomy--A Love Story
The Anatomy Duology Series, Book 1
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*INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**INSTANT #1 INDIE BESTSELLER**INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER**A REESE'S YA BOOK CLUB PICK*"Schwartz's magical novel is at once gripping and tender, and the intricate...
*INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**INSTANT #1 INDIE BESTSELLER**INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER**A REESE'S YA BOOK CLUB PICK*"Schwartz's magical novel is at once gripping and tender, and the intricate...
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  • *INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
    *INSTANT #1 INDIE BESTSELLER*

    *INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER*
    *A REESE'S YA BOOK CLUB PICK*
    "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.

About the Author-

  • Dana Schwartz is a television writer and the creator of the number-one charting history podcast Noble Blood. As a journalist and critic, Dana has written for Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Glamour, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and more. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and their cats Eddie and Beetlejuice. Her books include Choose Your Own Disaster, The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon, and Anatomy: A Love Story.

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  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2021
    In a quasi-historical version of Georgian-era Edinburgh, wealthy 17-year-old Hazel Sinnett would rather dress in her dead brother George's clothes to attend anatomy classes than attend balls. Fortunately, her father is on St. Helena with the Royal Navy, and her distracted mother, Lady Sinnett, is in London with her younger brother, Percy, leaving Hazel in Hawthornden Castle with just two servants for supervision. This enables Hazel to pursue her dreams of becoming a surgeon, until a sexist doctor sees through her disguise. Hazel then sets up shop at home in the dungeon and hires a young, attractive resurrection man to bring her bodies for dissection, which in turn allows her to stumble very slowly into the gothic aspect of the story: medical experiments born out of hubris and destined to end badly. The novel contains elements of mystery, horror, romance, and feminist historical fiction but unfortunately does not quite succeed at any. The science is only as accurate as the story requires. Hazel's romance with her body-stealing companion is complicated by her long-standing betrothal to her boring cousin, Bernard, son of Lord and Lady Almont, who plays a minor villain role. Hazel treats the poor from her dungeon surgery and plans a takedown of medical patriarchy, which slows the unfolding of a mystery that is signaled in the prologue. The enjoyably creepy elements and grandstanding main villain are largely relegated to the final chapters. Characters default to White. Unlikely to steal readers' hearts. (Historical thriller. 12-17)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 20, 2021
    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. Agent: Dan Mandel, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc.

  • Booklist

    December 15, 2021
    Grades 9-12 *Starred Review* Hazel Sinnet wants to be a doctor, but she lives in the early nineteenth century, not a time friendly to female medical students. She is nearly on her own in the ancestral Hawthornden Castle, just outside Edinburgh: her father is away in Elba, guarding Napoleon; her brother George recently died of "Roman fever"; and her mother, still mourning George, spends most of her time hovering over seven-year-old Percy, the remaining son and heir. Hazel uses her time to study science, and while it's a given that she will marry her cousin Bernard, she is certain that he will still be supportive of her studies. When an attempt to attend anatomy lectures disguised as her brother fails, she proposes to Dr. Beecham III, who taught the lectures, that if she passes the physician's examination, she would receive her qualifications. The only problem is that she has to acquire bodies for dissection. A new acquaintance with Jack, a young "resurrection man," takes care of that need. Meanwhile, a rash of missing-persons cases is an unsettling undercurrent. 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.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from March 1, 2022

    Gr 10 Up-In 1817 Edinburgh, Hazel Sinnett and Jack Currer would ordinarily never cross paths. After all, she's a lady who will eventually be a viscountess, and he's a Resurrection Man, providing recently deceased bodies to the Edinburgh Anatomist's Society for training. However, 17-year-old Hazel doesn't care about being a lady or marrying a viscount. She wants to be a surgeon, so she decides to train in secret and pass her examinations. All Hazel needs is cadavers for practice, so she hires Jack. However, Jack and Hazel are soon caught up in a mystery when they discover that some of the cadavers, people who supposedly died of Roman plague, are missing vital organs. They suspect someone is killing Edinburgh's poor for nefarious reasons. Schwartz creates an exquisitely intricate world that is both romantic and macabre; the setting of 1817 Edinburgh is detailed without being overwhelming. The central mystery is intriguing and horrifying; readers will eagerly turn pages, though this is not a book for squeamish readers, as it contains graphic, though not gratuitous, descriptions of human anatomy. VERDICT A suspenseful, intricately plotted gothic romance, perfect for fans of macabre historical fiction. Recommend to readers who enjoy Kenneth Oppel's "The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein" series or Megan Shepherd's "Madman's Daughter" trilogy.-Kaetlyn Phillips

    Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    *INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
    *INSTANT #1 INDIE BESTSELLER*

    *INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER*
    *A REESE'S YA BOOK CLUB PICK*

    "Irreverent, intelligent and smart, Dana Schwartz is one of the brightest of the next generation of young writers."

  • Booklist (starred review) "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."
  • Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books "...an intimate look at how society decides who is worth healing and who is worth exploiting in the name of science. "
  • Alwyn Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of the Rebel of the Sands series "A fast-paced, utterly engrossing tale of mystery, romance, and cadavers. Dana Schwartz deftly blends the historical with the supernatural, racing from macabre graveyards to Scottish castles with two compelling young heroes I dare you not to root for. I grinned, I gasped, I cried and ended this book breathless and craving more."

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