Lucy by Laurence Gonzales

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...the author asks no uncomfortable questions about the nature of consciousness. The absorbing narrative moves briskly and concludes with measured allotments of happiness and only minimal amounts of tragedy..."Lucy" is not only outstanding summer entertainment, it's beach reading with bite.
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Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees—the bonobos—is running for her life.

A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs . . . She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist.

The rebels have already been there.

Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jenny’s brutally murdered fellow scientist—and competitor.

Jenny and the child flee, Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who’s been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovely—her name is Lucy.

Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy’s father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment.

She is part human, part ape—a hybrid human being . . .

Laurence Gonzales’s novel grabs you from its opening pages and you stay with it, mesmerized by the shy but fierce, wonderfully winning Lucy.


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About Laurence Gonzales

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Laurence Gonzales is the author of the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Published June 25, 2010 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Aug 06 2014

...the author asks no uncomfortable questions about the nature of consciousness. The absorbing narrative moves briskly and concludes with measured allotments of happiness and only minimal amounts of tragedy..."Lucy" is not only outstanding summer entertainment, it's beach reading with bite.

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