Selected by the Washington Post as one of the best summer reads.
On a remote research foundation outside of Kansas City, Dr. Francine Burk studies bonobos --the "pygmy chimpanzees" considered most similar to early humans.
A MacArthur Genius, Dr Burk is at the Foundation to escape public attention while she recovers from a recent surgery. Working with her is David Stotts, an archeologist working to teach the bonobos how to carve stone knives. Stotts wants to learn how early humans mastered this skill.
In their work, the researchers interact closely with the bonobos. The line between the humans and bonobos begins to blur.
Then one morning, a sudden event wipes away civilization. In the aftermath, the humans and bonobos struggle to survive.
This superb literary novel defies categorization. Well-researched and vividly written, readers will learn even as they flip the pages. Schulman has once again created a spellbinding original novel that never loses sight of its humanity.
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