âA terrifically auspicious debut.â âJanet Maslin, The New York Times
âSmart, timely and powerful . . . A rich examination of Americaâs treatment of race, and the ways we attempt to discuss and confront it today.â âThe Huffington Post
The Freeman family--Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie--have been invited to the Toneybee Institute to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie, a young chimp abandoned by his mother. The Freemans were selected because they know sign language; they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of their family. But when Charlotte discovers the truth about the instituteâs history of questionable studies, the secrets of the past invade the present in devious ways. Â
The power of this shattering novel resides in Greenidgeâs undeniable storytelling talents. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of historyâs long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of Americaâs failure to find a language to talk about race.
âA magnificently textured, vital, visceral feat of storytelling . . . [by] a sharp, poignant, extraordinary new voice of American literature.â âTÃ©a Obreht, author of The Tigerâs Wife
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