Friday, March 9, 2012

Ape House by Sara Gruen

For scientist Isabel Duncan, bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Makena, Mbongo, Jelani, and baby Lola are her family.  Along with her fiance, Peter, the new head of the Great Ape Language Lab, she has dedicated her life to studying the apes' acquisition of language.  But after Isabel is horrifically injured in a terrorist bombing of the lab by animal rights activists claiming they 'liberated' the apes, her entire focus changes to getting the bonobos back.  Sold by the university funding her research to an unknown, private buyer, the bonobos have vanished.

John Thigpen is a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and was at the Great Ape Language Lab with his partner, the horrible Cat Douglas, interviewing Isabel the day before the explosion.  Isabel and the bonobos made a huge impression on him, especially after being allowed in to meet them (Cat was not - though it doesn't stop her from stealing John's story).  So when the lab is bombed, John knows this is his story, and he'll do anything to uncover who's responsible for Isabel's injuries - and the disappearance of the bonobos.

Fans of Sara Gruen's bestselling Water for Elephants will love her newest novel.  Though completely different in story, this is at its heart a book about the powerful impact animals have on our hearts, and how, sometimes, their behavior is more human than our own.  Full of amazing details and facts about bonobos and their behavior and language in great apes, check out Ape House today!