After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is
packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn’t quite understand
how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl.
Art’s neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs.
Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and
well-endowed charity fund.
Just as mysteriously, no one seems to know where Conner, the
Fosters’ handyman, goes after work, but he has become the one person Linnea can
confide in, perhaps because his own home life is a war zone: his father has
suffered an injury and become addicted to painkillers. As these characters and
many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you
indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?
Thompson proves herself at the height of her powers in The Humanity Project, crafting
emotionally suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining characters, in which we
inevitably see ourselves. Set against the backdrop of current events and
cultural calamity, it is at once a multifaceted ensemble drama and a deftly
observant story of our twenty-first-century society.
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