Synopses & Reviews
In The Monk in the Garden, award-winning author Robbin Marantz Henig vividly evokes a little-known chapter in science, taking us back to the birth of genetics, a field that continues to challenge the way we think about life itself. Shrouded in mystery, Gregor Mendels quiet life and discoveries make for fascinating reading. Among his pea plants Henig finds a tale filled with intrigue, jealousy, and a healthy dose of bad timing. She has done a remarkable job of fleshing out the myth with what few facts there are (Washington Post Book World) and has delivered Mendels story with grace and glittering prose. The Monk in the Garden is both a classic tale of redemption (New York Times Book Review) and a science book of the highest literary order.
The perplexing silence that greeted Mendel's discovery of inheritance and his ultimate canonization as the father of genetics make up a tale of intrigue, jealousy, and a healthy dose of bad timing. Henig now crafts this suspenseful narrative that evokes the monk's life and work.
This charming history of Gregor Mendel vividly evokes a little-known chapter in science and takes readers back to the birth of genetics, a field that continues to make headlines.
About the Author
Robin Marantz Henig is the author of seven books. Her most recent, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.