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Ape house : a novel
Sara Gruen
Adult Fiction GRUEN

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Summary: After the extraordinary success of Water for Elephants,with 3 million copies shipped, Sara Gruen returns with another immensely charming, endlessly surprising, and engaging novel in which a family of apes teaches us what it means to be human. Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Now Gruen has moved from a circus elephant to family of bonobo apes. When the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals who share 99.4% of our DNA. A devoted animal lover, Gruen has had a life-long fascination with human-ape discourse, and a particular interest in Bonobo apes, who share 99.4% of our DNA. She has studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams in order to communicate with apes, and is one of the few visitors who has been allowed access to the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, where the apes have come to love her. In bringing her experience and research to bear on this novel, she opens the animal world to us as few novelists have done. Ape House is a riveting, funny, compassionate, and, finally, deeply moving new novel that secures Sara Gruens place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.


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main characters Isabel Duncan
Female
Severely injured from a bomb at the The Great Ape Language Lab; feels closer to the apes she has been studying than people; trying to save the apes that escaped from the lab from the reality television show they have become a part of.
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John Thigpen
Male
Married
Covering the explosion at The Great Ape Language Lab and its aftermath; communicated with the apes using sign language.
Journalist



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