By Sara Gruen
(Hodder & Stoughton, Hardcover, 9781444716016)
Publication Date: February 2011
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2010 Indie Next List
“In her new novel, Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen once again examines the relationship - both emotional and biological - between man and animal. This time, focusing on highly intelligent bonobo apes, she infuses the story with an unexpected level of humor, mystery and a foray into popular culture. What the reader can be assured of is yet another thoroughly engaging story, brimming with deftly drawn characters and compelling storylines. A delight!”
-- Sue Beale, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- The bonobos in Ape House are described as matriarchal, with Bonzi acting as the nurturing and intelligent “undisputed leader” (p. 6) of the group. Discuss how Bonzi’s relationship with her family compares or contrasts with the various human characters’ relationships with their own families. Consider Amanda’s desire—and Ivanka’s—to have children in your discussion.