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The Last Neanderthal

Category: Book
By (author): Cameron, Claire
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*From the bestselling author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both


40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.
     But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.
     In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives.
     Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, The Last Neanderthal asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.
Review Quote*"A powerful, warm and thought-provoking book, that artfully blends facts with fiction to put flesh on many abstract scientific debates." -Yuval Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens
Biographical NoteCLAIRE CAMERON grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen's University. She led canoe trips in Algonquin Park and worked as an instructor for Outward Bound, teaching mountaineering, climbing and white-water rafting in Oregon. She lived in San Francisco and London, UK, until moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. Her first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, The Bear, was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. The author lives in Toronto, ON.