Following years of research, language training, and some very close encounters with a community of great apes who speak American Sign Language (ASL), Sara Gruen gives us this brilliant follow-up to Water for Elephants. Primatologist Isabel Duncan is far more comfortable with her ASL-speaking bonobo apes than with her fellow humans, until she meets reporter John Thigpen, who comes to profile her Great Ape Language Lab. Then an activist bombing injures Isabel and "frees" the bonobos—who soon reappear as the stars of a smash-hit reality television show—and she enlists John's help to get them back to their home.
"I read Ape House in one joyous breath. Ever an advocate for animals, Gruen brings them to life with the passion of a novelist and the accuracy of a scientist. She has already done more for bonobos than I could do in a lifetime. The novel is immaculately researched and lovingly crafted. If people fall in love with our forgotten, fascinating, endangered relative, it will be because of Ape House."—Vanessa Woods