The latest book that was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah was An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick.

What made me say “yes” to reviewing this book was the fact that it was about a woman photographer, and what made the book incredibly fascinating once I received it was the fact that it was written about Jane’s own grandmother, Jessie Ann. Photography was her passion in the early 1900’s…so you can imagine how male-dominant the field was.  And did you realize that photographers often dealt with mercury and lead poisoning?  I never realized that was a hazard of the profession. (Jessie started out by assisting photographers that were affected by mercury).  The book is full of photos from the era, and many pictures are those that Jessie Ann took herself.  Her love story is woven in as well, and I’m always a sucker for a good love story…

I’ll be picking up the first book in the series, A Flickering Light, very soon; I’m ready to delve more in depth into Jessie’s incredible life!