“And when thou would solace gather
when our child’s first accents flow,
Wilt thou teach her to say “Father!”
Though his care she must fogo?
These are the words of the most infamous of the Romantic poets, Lord Byron. They refer to his daughter, Ada Lovelace, who is the heroine of Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest historical fiction novel, Enchantress of Numbers. I was thrilled when I heard that Chiaverini had a new book coming out, as she is one of my favorite authors. Once again, she delivers historical fiction with impeccably researched detail while writing the story of the life of mathematical genius, Ada Lovelace.
Ada Lovelace was a pioneer in computing and had a significant impact on the development of the first computing machines. Her story is seldom heard and Chiaverini brings it to life in a way that makes the reader admire and respect her accomplishments. We see here again the trend of focusing on little-known female accomplishments in history, which I love! The novel takes us through the journey of Ada’s difficult upbringing and the obstacles she faced being a female scientist. However, by overcoming these and many other trials, Ada Lovelace helps shape the future of the modern day computer.
I was fascinated by the story of Ada Lovelace! The question I always ask myself after reading a book is “What did I learn, or what did it inspire me to do?” With this book, I not only learned about a new heroine in history, but I was also inspired to read some of Byron’s poetry. I highly recommend this book, which comes out December 5, 2017. You can preorder it here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/540335/enchantress-of-numbers-by-jennifer-chiaverini/
Also, check out Jennifer Chiavarini’s website for more information on her other books – they are all fantastic! jenniferchiaverini.com/books/