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.
This is a used copy in very good condition with light wear to the dust jacket.
By Laurence Gonzales. Hardcover. 320 pages. Published by Knopf, 2010.
Victoria's note: I pull information on page length, publishing house, etc from Goodreads. Whenever a used book has a 3.5 rating or lower, I just check out the reviews to make sure it's not racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. This book has a 3.48 rating on Goodreads, apparently due to "lesbian makeouts" and "hatred for humankind that seeps from [the] book," as well as "refer[ring] to the U.S. as a police state" and "blows against the TSA ... the media and evangelical Christians." Do what you will with this information.