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. Itis 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" (Starred review)
"Has the dramatic tension of a crime thriller...Twists and turns, lies, and treachery abound in this funny, clever, and perceptive story." "Library Journal" (Starred review)
"Sara Gruen knows things she knows them in her mind and in her heart. And, out of what she knows, she has created a true thriller that is addictive from its opening sentence. Devour it to find out what happens next, but also to learn remarkable and moving things about life on this planet. Very, very few novels can change the way you look at the world around you. This one does." Robert Goolrick, author of "A Reliable Wife
"I read "Ape House" in one joyous breath. Ever an advocate for animals, Gruen brings them to life with the passion of a novelist and the accuracy of a scientist. She has already done more for bonobos than I could do in a lifetime. The novel is immaculately researched and lovingly crafted. If people fall in love with our forgotten, fascinating, endangered relative, it will be because of "Ape House."" Vanessa Woods, author of "Bonobo Handshake
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