Ape House

Ape House


By (author) Sara Gruen

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  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2011
  • ISBN 10: 038552322X
  • ISBN 13: 9780385523226
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 424,693

Product description

The wildly entertaining new novel from the bestselling author of "Water for Elephants." Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets--especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans--until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter writing a human interest feature. But when an explosion rocks the lab, John's piece turns into the story of a lifetime--and Isabel must connect with her own kind to save her family of apes from a new form of human exploitation.

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Author information

Sara Gruen is the author of the #1 bestselling novel" Water for Elephants," soon to be a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, as well as the bestseller" Riding Lessons" and" Flying Changes." She shares her North Carolina home with her own version of a blended family: a husband, three children, four cats, two dogs, two horses, and a goat. In order to write her latest novel, " Ape House," Gruen studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams so that she could communicate directly with the bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa. She now considers them to be part of her extended family, and, according to the bonobos, the feeling is mutual.

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"Consider reality TV, meth labs, over-the-top animal-rights activists, Botox, tabloids and Internet diatribes, and you, too, might come to the conclusion: People should be more like animals. Sara Gruen's entertaining, enlightening new novel will certainly leave you thinking so."--"Miami Herald" "Propulsive...Gruen writes with the commercial breathlessness of a cozier Dan Brown."--"Entertainment Weekly " "Gruen delivers a tale that's full of heart, hope, and compelling questions about who we really are."--"Redbook" "Animal lovers, gather 'round...["Ape House"] is much better [than "Water for Elephants"]--funny because of some weird characters and circumstances that make life difficult for our intrepid reporter, and at the same time, compelling because those apes put to shame our beloved Homo sapiens."--"Newark Star Ledger " "Part expose, part thriller, part gothic romance and part comedy and farce...Gruen is a master at the popular novel plot."--"Asheville Citizen Times" "Gruen is clearly enjoying herself here. It is fun...the conceit of a household of language--endowed apes as the ne plus ultra of reality TV -- leering humans greedy for profits and naughty thrills...apes who are at once innocent and more compassionate and dignified than the producers and the viewers -- is terrific: an incisive piece of social commentary."--"New York Times Book Review " "["Ape House"] hums along with a pop-culture plot full of slick profiteers, sleazy pornographers, idiotic reality TV and gossip rags -- with botox and ape sex thrown in for entertaining reading."--"Des Moines Register " "Gruen has a knack for pacing and for creating distinctive animal characters. Scenes involving the bonobos are winsome without being sappy, and the reader comes to share Isabel's concern for the animals."--"Boston Globe " "Gruen's astute, wildly entertaining tale of interspecies connection is a novel of verve and conscience."--"Booklist" (Star