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A beautiful truth, Colin McAdam

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A beautiful truth
Title
A beautiful truth
Statement of responsibility
Colin McAdam
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A powerful and haunting meditation on human nature told from the dual perspectives of a Vermont family that has adopted a chimp as a surrogate son, and a group of chimpanzees in a Florida research institute. Looee, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionate human couple who cannot conceive a baby of their own, is forever set apart. He's not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps. One tragic night Looee's two natures collide and their unique family is forever changed. At the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzees has been studied for decades. The work at Girdish has proven that chimps have memories and solve problems, that they can learn language and need friends, and that they build complex cultures. They are political, altruistic, get angry, and forgive. When Looee is moved to the Institute, he is forced to try to find a place in their world. A Beautiful Truth is an epic and heartfelt story about parenthood, friendship, loneliness, fear and conflict, about the things we hold sacred as humans and how much we have in common with our animal relatives. A novel of great heart and wisdom from a literary master, it exposes the yearnings, cruelty, and resilience of all great apes"--
Summary
Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, set in a Vermont home and a Florida primate research facility, A Beautiful Truth--at times brutal, other times deeply moving--is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival. A powerful and haunting meditation on human nature told from the dual perspectives of a Vermont family that has adopted a chimp as a surrogate son, and a group of chimpanzees in a Florida.
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Award
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2013.
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10183831
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Mcadam, Colin
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Parenthood
  • Chimpanzees
  • Chimpanzees as pets
  • Chimpanzees
  • Human-animal relationships
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Psychological
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • Psychological fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
A beautiful truth, Colin McAdam
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9781616953157.jpg
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn825047113
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781616953157
Lccn
2013019856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)825047113
Label
A beautiful truth, Colin McAdam
Link
9781616953157.jpg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn825047113
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781616953157
Lccn
2013019856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)825047113

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