The Female of the Species

By Lionel Shriver
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061711398, 405pp.)

Publication Date: August 2009

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Description

Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible--and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When sexy young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love--before an amazed and injured Errol's eyes. As he follows the progress of their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through subtle, cruel, and calculating manipulation.




About the Author
Lionel Shriver's books include The Post-Birthday World, Game Control, and the Orange Prize-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin. She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Independent. She lives in London.


Praise For The Female of the Species

“Terrific—a provocative tale of devotion, suffering, and other familiar accountrements of love.”
-People

“Stunning . . . wide in its horizons, interesting in its insights, and satisfying in its conclusions.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“Lionel Shriver is a vastly talented writer...This book deserves to be read.”
-Kansas City Star

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