from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth—at times brutal, other times deeply moving—is about the simple truths that transcend
species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for
Looeeis forever set apart, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionate
human couple in Vermont who cannot conceive a baby of their own. He’s not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps.
One tragic night Looee’s two natures collide, and this unique family is
At the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzees
has been studied for decades. The work at Girdish has proved that chimps
have memories and solve problems, that they can learn language and need
friends, and that they build complex cultures. They are political, altruistic, and
capable of anger and forgiveness. When Looee is moved to the institute, he is
forced to try to find a place in this new world.
A Beautiful Truth is an epic and heartfelt story about parenthood,
friendship, loneliness, fear, and conflict, about the things we hold sacred as
humans and how much we have in common with our animal relatives. A novel of
great heart and wisdom from a literary master, it exposes the yearnings,
cruelty, and resilience of all great apes.
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