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The Ingenious Edgar Jones


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The skies of Oxford are aflame with meteors the night Edgar Jones comes into the world-clearly this porters son, born in a small cottage in 1847, is no ordinary boy. While his mother is apprehensive about her restless, inquisitive child, Edgars father believes without a doubt that his son is destined for greatness. As the years pass, it becomes apparent that Edgar has a unique talent: He is a born inventor, and his gift for making is matched by a fierce will.

Edgar turns his back on the scholarly life his father had intended for him and apprentices himself to a blacksmith. It is not long before his ingenuity and metalworking skills bring him to the attention of a maverick professor at Oxford University, a bone collector with plans for a museum of natural history. Finally, Edgar has the opportunity to showcase the singular gifts hes learned in the hazardous soot and heat of the forge. But his great ability also becomes a curse, and his prominence is fraught with danger-both for him and for his family.

Set at the dramatic midpoint of the nineteenth century, in a world on the cusp of change, The Ingenious Edgar Jones is an unforgettable coming-of-age story about the complexities of family life and the journey of one young man as he finds his place in a rapidly shifting world.

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About the Author

ELIZABETH GARNER was born in Cheshire, England, and now lives in Oxford. The Ingenious Edgar Jones is her American debut.

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Garner, Elizabeth
Three Rivers Press (CA)
General Fiction
Fathers and sons
Literature-A to Z
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