Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman

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By allowing us to experience life through Max’s extraordinary perspective, Schulman delivers the known world in startling new sounds, colors, tastes and smells.
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In 1899 Jeremy, a young engineer, leaves a small town in Maine to oversee the construction of a railroad across East Africa. In charge of hundreds of Indian laborers, he soon finds himself the reluctant hunter of two lions that are killing his men in almost nightly attacks on their camp. Plagued by fear, wracked with malaria and alienated by a secret he can tell no one, he takes increasing solace in the company of the African who helps him hunt. In 2000 Max, an American ethnobotonist, travels to Rwanda in search of an obscure vine that could become a lifesaving pharmaceutical. Stationed in the mountains, she closely shadows a family of gorillas, the last of their group to survive the encroachment of local poachers. Max bears a striking gift for understanding the ape's non-verbal communication, but their precarious solidarity is threatened as a violent rebel group from the nearby Congo draws close.
 

About Audrey Schulman

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About the AuthorAudrey Schulman is the author of three previous novels: Swimming With Jonah, The Cage and A House Named Brazil. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Montreal, Schulman now lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Europa Editions. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce Barcott on Feb 10 2012

By allowing us to experience life through Max’s extraordinary perspective, Schulman delivers the known world in startling new sounds, colors, tastes and smells.

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Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Mar 09 2012

All of this, combined with Schulman’s skill in shaping a narrative and her disciplined prose, makes the novel something of a page-turner, and a fascinating study of the wonder and terror of life in this world.

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