Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn'tunderstand people, but animals she gets--especially the bonobos. Isabelfeels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans...until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves theever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's reallygoing on inside. When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabeland "liberating" the apes, John's human interest piece turns into the storyof a lifetime, one he'll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then areality TV show, Ape House, featuring the missing apes debuts undermysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest--andunlikeliest--phenomenon in the history of modern media. Ape House deliversgreat entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways fewnovels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller whoallows us to see ourselves as we never have before.