The wildly entertaining new novel from the bestselling author of Water for Elephants.
BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide.
Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.
When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.
Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen’s place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.
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...I was completely enthralled by Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and I feel like Ape House is missing some of that magic.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
Sara Gruen is clearly an ardent animal-lover herself, and no doubt she hasn't forgotten them, either. Perhaps she hopes that her book will change things for them and for all the apes, who despite having learned to talk to us, have not yet been able to teach us how to listen.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
...the book's failure is in not concocting an engaging story through which to preach the beauty of the bonobos...The message is the book's reason to be, she seems to tell us. But a novel requires more attention be paid to the art.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel | See more reviews from LA Times
...the chapters are brisk and the action is swift. Whenever one of the humans starts to bore, you can be sure that a charming bonobo will quickly come to the rescue.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
The 800-pound gorilla in the room is why someone at Gruen's new publishing house didn't give her the benefit of a good edit. Even if the silly story and the trite characters couldn't be saved, why leave these pages pocked with such lines?Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
Gruen must have picked up a thing or two about the circus from Elephant; I've never seen an author more gracefully navigate the tightrope above the minefield topics of animal rights, evolution, serious vs. tabloid journalism and more.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
...she's done much to reveal the plight of abused and endangered "critters," as she calls them. But in this book her effort to make us care turns out to be something of a lamentable bust.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
This seems such a mundane story line, but in Gruen’s able hands it soars into literary excellence and storytelling. Ape House is by turns funny and heartbreaking, with instances of tenderness and terror.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
'Ape House' is an easy read with plenty of plot to drive it forward...Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
Isabel is interestingly quirky, but her engagement to fellow scientist Peter never quite rings true.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
Lively, witty, warmhearted and sharp, these six prove to be scene-stealers of the first order.Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
Visiting the Trust must have been extremely exciting for Gruen for her enthusiasm translates throughout the novel and it is hoped will inspire readers to do their own research on great apes...Read Full Review of Ape House: A Novel
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