The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
First Line: The end is near.
Summary: We all know who Albert Einstein is. But do you know the other Einstein? Mileva Maric is a young Serbian woman with a lame leg and a mind for math and science. She always expected to live a life alone in the pursuit of a degree and job in physics. While attending the university in Zurich she meets a young man, Albert Einstein, and her plans for her life change.
Highlights: I had never heard of Mileva Maric until I read a YA novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix. She sounds like a fascinating woman that has been forgotten by history. Married to one of the greatest minds in history and working alongside him there is great controversy about if she was a contributor to the theories and breakthroughs of her husband. I like that the author has fleshed out and brought this woman to life. I understood her plight with herself about giving up her dream to marry. As a reader I could feel her pain and struggle as I read.
Lowlights: Unfortunately when reading historical fiction and learning about a person there are elaborations or stretches. But there are also truths. It is always hard to see a well-known figure made human and see the faults that lie within them. Benedict presents Albert’s faults and it tarnishes him a little.
FYI: Very informative about the early life of Albert Einstein.