In 1906, an earthquake destroyed scientist David Starr Jordan’s collection of newly discovered fish. His life’s work was utterly ruined. But he tried, very literally, to put the pieces back together.
Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Tale of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life, by Invisibilia’s Lulu Miller, is both Jordan’s story, as well as her own memoir. It’s a tale about optimism in the face of despair, creating order amidst the chaos that may rule the universe, and how we relate to inspiring, but deeply flawed, people.