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Theory Of Bastards

Audrey Schulman

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Europa Editions
01 May 2018
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Science; Dystopia; Philip K Dick Award
Life is finally worth living for Dr. Francine Burk. A recent surgery has finally provided a cure from years of undiagnosed pain. And her subversive scientific discovery, the Theory of Bastards, which has unseated public figures and past presidents, has rewarded her with a generous grant and a prestigious placement at The Foundation. Now she is beginning further research on a group of remarkable animals, bonobos-otherwise known as pygmy chimpanzees.

She makes steady progress until an extreme dust storm, sweeping out of the abandoned places, forces most of the scientists retreat to safety. Only a select few stay behind, with Francine and the man she has come to love, to weather the storm and protect their simian research subjects. Through the dusty aftermath, the possibility of a new and better world becomes clear.

Not quite sci-fi, not quite dystopian, this superb literary novel defies categorization. Readers will shiver as they keep turning the pages. Audrey Schulman has once again written a spellbinding, original novel that never loses sight of its humanity.
By:   Audrey Schulman
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781609454371
ISBN 10:   1609454375
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Audrey Schulman is the author of four previous novels: Three Weeks in December (Europa 2012), Swimming with Jonah, The Cage, and A House Named Brazil. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she runs HEET, a non-profit.

Reviews for Theory Of Bastards

Praise for Theory of Bastards Theory of Bastards is lifted by its science, flecked like mica throughout the story [...] The writer skillfully weaves fact with fiction. Her chapters are short, her sentences clipped and efficient, if not beautiful [...] a clever story about female desire with its own fascinating origins. --Newsday [A] deeply unusual, psychologically astute novel about technology and survival, sex and love. [...] Beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart. --Kirkus (Starred Review) [A] wonderful, intricate novel [...] set in the palpably near future [...and] a propulsive story rooted in a future that feels possible. The incorporation of research into the narrative is seamless, and the result is an astute, impeccable page-turner readers will savor. --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Singular, inventive, and provocative, Theory of Bastards warrants attention. --Foreword Reviews Schulman has written a futuristic tale that places animals and people on a journey of survival. Francine is a reproductive scientist and is doing research on bonobos monkeys. These gentle animals are very intelligent and communicative. In the midst of this landscape natural disaster occurs and man and monkey must flee their habitat to escape disaster. A fascinating look at the cooperation between man and beast and the attachments that are forged. Awesome! --Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette This is the most absorbing novel I've read all year! Page after ravishingly vivid page, Audrey Schulman creates a not-far-in-the-future world that feels as real as our own. The science she draws on is 100 percent accurate, the technology she foresees is completely believable, and the relationships between the humans and bonobos are among the richest and most compelling of any personal connections described in literature. And the ending--wow. --Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus Praise for Audrey Schulman Audrey Schulman does a beautiful job of balancing adventure, suspense and self-discovery. --Michele Ross, CNN [A House Named Brazil is] Quirky and thoughtful... Schulman renders the strange beauties of a world that draws on resources scarcely known to us. --The New York Times A genuine page-turner with literary content. --Boston Globe Lyrical . . . Suspenseful . . . Schulman's heroine [in The Cage] is a true original transformed emotionally and physically by experiences marvelously imagined and compellingly described. --The Los Angeles Times Bizarre yet intriguing . . . More than enough to keep readers turning pages. . . Schulman's language is lovely. --USA Today Praise for Audrey Schulman's Three Weeks in December A fresh and complex novel. --The New York Times Book Review Schulman delivers the known world in startling new sounds, colors, tastes and smells. --The New York Times Against a backdrop of punishing nature and menacing warlords, Schulman meticulously explores the inner lives of her characters. --The New Yorker Unexpected, absolutely original, believable and so beautifully told that the reader leaves the book feeling amazed and completely satisfied. --Shelf Awareness Deftly weaving the forays of two individuals...into the unknown heart of Africa. --Publishers Weekly


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