Anatomy: A Love Story - book cover
Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Published : 18 Jan 2022
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN-10 : 1250774152
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250774156
  • Language : English

Anatomy: A Love Story


"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.

Editorial Reviews


"Irreverent, intelligent and smart, Dana Schwartz is one of the brightest of the next generation of young writers." ―Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"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)

"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." ―Alwyn Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of the Rebel of the Sands series

"Diabolically delightful. A love story, a murder mystery, and a horror novel bound up together in ghoulish stitches." ―Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Truly Devious trilogy

"Lionhearted heroine you'll root for from page one? Check. Dark academia vibes? Check. Cheeky romantic banter that will make you blush? Check, check and CHECK. Read this gripping, ridiculously clever tale only if you're fully prepared to be haunted by its revelations about life and death while also swooning at the idea of flirting with someone in an open grave." ―Emma Lord, New York Times bestselling author of You Have a Match and Tweet Cute

" intimate look at how society decides who is worth healing and who is worth exploiting in the name of science. " - Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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"And We're Off is sure to steal your heart and inspire some serious wanderlust."―HelloGiggles

"Fun, poignant, and funny. I want to travel with Dana, and after reading this, so will you." ―New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maureen Johnson

"[Schwartz] deftly mixes humor and tenderness....This funny, whimsical tome isn't easy to put down once you start." ―Rolling Stone

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Readers Top Reviews

Decima Johns
I really enjoyed the story, but I hated the ending, to me it felt like they had left out the last chapter. There was so much more to say. Should i expect a sequel?
Mitch Mielke
I bought this book as I am a big fan of the authors podcast Noble Blood and I have to say I was very happy with my purchase. I read it in one go on a slow day stuck in Home office and I could not put it down until the very end.
A. David Becker
This book was absolutely incredible. It ticked every box for me really: dark gothic energy, historical setting, resurrection men, and a completely fantastic paying to have bodies delivered to her dungeon so that she can defy the world and become a surgeon even though she is, *gasp* a woman? It's all there. Add to that a pretty dark mystery where both resurrection men and the city's poor are disappearing, and you've just about got a summary of Anatomy. Schwartz truly crosses several of my favorite genres, historical fiction, gothic, mystery, romance, and just a dash of magical realism thrown in. The result is captivating, and I really struggled to put it down. I binged this whole novel over a couple of days because I had to know what happened next. My only difficulty with this book was the ending--it leaves some room for interpretation--which is not my favorite style (a personal preference and not an issue with the book itself). I will say that the author has hinted in a couple of places that there is to be a second installment in this story, and I really need that to be true. Anatomy is fantastic, and I really need to know what happens next! All in all, this book was incredible, and I adored it. Read Anatomy: A Love Story, if you like swoony resurrection men, strong women following their dreams, Stalking Jack the Ripper vibes, midnight kisses in (recently) empty graves, historical mysteries/magic.
Though it began with a slow start, Anatomy: A Love Story turned out to be a cunning and brilliantly feminist novel set in 1817 Edinburgh. Hazel, is a brilliant young woman with a dream of becoming a surgeon during a time when women were expected to marry, take care of their family, and do little else. Where doctors and physicians are respected and wealthy, surgeons are considered little more than butchers in society. Hazel seizes an opportunity to masquerade as her deceased brother George and attend medical lectures with notable surgeons. When kicked out of the lectures upon being discovered as a woman, Hazel makes a wager—to pass the Physicians Exam and be allowed to practice medicine as a woman, or abandon all medical endeavors forever. The only problem is, she has no anatomy subjects upon which to practice. After an unexpected encounter with a "resurrection man" named Jack, Hazel is given a rare opportunity for her anatomy studies—not only to examine actual corpses, but to examine the Roman Plague and open a “schooling hospital” within the confines of her home while her family is on holiday. Initially, the story began with a slow start but once it picked up, there was much to devour—mystery, intrigue, and eventually a sweet love story between Surgeon and Resurrection Man. I read this book in one sitting and was wholly surprised at how deeply feminist and forward thinking the novel was, especially for the time period in which it was set. The ending was unique, and I believe the author left it a bit ambiguous (will there be a sequel? —was it meant to leave us guessing?), but all in all the story was well crafted and a delight.
Yes, hello, writing to report that I AM OBSESSED. I was so excited to read Anatomy: A Love Story because everything that Dana Schwartz writes feels targeted to me, and I was not disappointed with this new YA novel. Spooky Scottish romance with dead bodies and a plague and kissing IN A GRAVE? Yes, 5 stars. Hazel Sinnett wants to be a doctor, a surgeon, but of course, it is Scotland in 1817, so her womanhood makes that impossible…or does it? When the opportunity arises, she dons her dead brother’s clothes and attends the coursework as a man, George. A potential plague is threatening Edinburgh, and resurrection men–body snatchers–are working hard to find bodies for use by the surgeons and anatomists and their classes, but avoid getting the fever. Jack Currer is one of those resurrection men. When his and Hazel’s paths cross, everything changes. And both will be pivotal in each other’s stories as Hazel finds her footing as a doctor, even with the patriarchy, criminal elements, and an overbearing almost-fiancé at the gates. There’s the dark academia of surgeon school in the early 19th century, threats of virus and disease, open grave make out sessions, and more! This is definitely older YA–and I think readers of adult fiction will enjoy it too. Hazel may be 16, but her youth makes the story even more enjoyable, rather than making it feel “YA” like a book set in high school would. The romantic elements are great, and THE ENDING. HOLY HELL THE ENDING. Also, as a long time Dana fangirl, I loved the Easter Eggs to her cat and the Brontes, through Jack’s last name! This book is not for the squeamish because…plague, anatomy lectures, dissection of human remains, etc, etc, but I’m going to force everyone around me to read it so…get ready.

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