Back Bay Books
On Sale: April 17, 2018
Featuring: Rosamund Gale; Girl
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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From the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two
women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey
that will transform them both
Forty thousand 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.
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