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Book Release: “The Last Animal” By Ramona Ausubel
April 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for a very special release and reading with Ramona Ausubel.
Teenage sisters Eve and Vera never imagined their summer vacation would be spent in the Arctic, tagging along on their mother’s scientific expedition. But there’s a lot about their lives lately that hasn’t been going as planned, and truth be told, their single mother might not be so happy either.
Now in Siberia with a bunch of serious biologists, Eve and Vera are just bored enough to cause trouble. Fooling around in the permafrost, they accidentally discover a perfectly preserved, four-thousand-year-old baby mammoth, and things finally start to get interesting. The discovery sets off a surprising chain of events, leading mother and daughters to go rogue, pinging from the slopes of Siberia to the shores of Iceland to an exotic animal farm in Italy, and resulting in the birth of a creature that could change the world—or at least this family.
The Last Animal takes readers on a wild, entertaining, and refreshingly different kind of journey, one that explores the possibilities and perils of the human imagination on a changing planet, what it’s like to be a woman in a field dominated by men, and how a wondrous discovery can best be enjoyed with family. Even teenagers.
“If you could cross Anne Tyler’s novels with strands of DNA from Michael Crichton’s thrillers, you might produce this new book … Springs alive to explore questions that stump scientists and families, problems of the head and the heart.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“A full-hearted portrait of sisterhood, family and the ways we process grief. Charming, wry, and original.” – People
Ramona Ausubel is the author of five books, most recently The Last Animal. Winner of the PEN USA award in Fiction, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the Story Prize, and longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Award and others. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, One Story, Ploughshares, Tin House and numerous other journals. She teaches fiction at Colorado State University.