The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
A Novel

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The Last Neanderthal is a sort of inadvertent argument against the novel as a delivery system for ideas. I couldn't help thinking how much more compelling all of this would be were it rendered as non-fiction, or simply a different kind of novel.
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One of the most anticipated books of 2017: The Millions, CBC, Chatelaine, Globe and Mail, Maclean's

From the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both

40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.

But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.

In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives.

Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, THE LAST NEANDERTHAL asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

 

About Claire Cameron

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Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was published in 2007 by HarperCollins Canada. It won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for best first novel. Cameron's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and The Rumpus. She worked as a wilderness instructor in Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
 
Published April 25, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 21 2017

Transcending the challenges of bringing to life a nearly silent family, Cameron (The Bear, 2014, etc.) generates excitement through a hunt gone unexpectedly wrong and even an uncomfortable sexual tension.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Trevor Corkum on Apr 22 2017

The Last Neanderthal masterfully examines our connections to our evolutionary cousins. It takes aim at the myth that Neanderthals were unintelligent cave people.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Jos Teodoro on May 26 2017

The Last Neanderthal is a sort of inadvertent argument against the novel as a delivery system for ideas. I couldn't help thinking how much more compelling all of this would be were it rendered as non-fiction, or simply a different kind of novel.

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