Author Reading - Colin McAdam

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:00pm
Join us Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in the Granny Smith Room as we welcome author Colin McAdam. The two narratives that comprise Giller Prize finalist Colin McAdam’s A Beautiful Truth are like few that you’ve encountered. McAdam possesses a startling talent, which was evident in his first two novels, Some Great Thing and Fall, but it is in this third novel—one that he began work on in 2009—that McAdam has achieved brilliance.

A Beautiful Truth’s twinning plots focus on the lives of humans and chimpanzees, both independent of each other as well as when they coexist. In the first narrative we meet Judy and Walter Ribke, two affluent Vermonters that have adopted a chimpanzee as a surrogate son, affectionately naming him Looee. It is a sometimes sad and often charming story about an unlikely family trying their best despite the often confusing reality of their situation. And yet it is also fraught with undeniable tension, as the fragile nature of their adopted son’s domesticity is tested daily. Always present is the fear that Looee, particularly as he enters adolescence, might lose control of his urges.
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ISBN: 9781616953157
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Published: Soho Press - September 17th, 2013

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, at others deeply moving--is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival.