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. 

This is a sexy, provocative, and highly-original novel about people who study apes and what happens when the power goes down.
— Dale Peterson, author of "Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man"
An astonishing work of major talent. Schulman weaves such believable characters into the bonobos that she blurs the lines between fact and fiction. A Theory of Bastards is unsettling and prophetic. A thriller and a romance. It deserves to be a classic.
— Vanessa Woods, Author of "Bonobo Handshake"
The result is an astute, impeccable page-turner readers will savor.
— Publisher's Weekly
... A deeply unusual, psychologically astute novel about technology and survival, sex and love. If the late Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett had managed to team up and write a collaborative novel, it might look something like this. Beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart.
— Kirkus Starred Review
Singular, inventive, and provocative, Theory of Bastards warrants attention.
— Foreword Revews
Schulman has written a futuristic tale that places animals and people on a journey of survival. ...Awesome!
— Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette