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The Last Neanderthal

by Claire Cameron

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
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    Apr 2017, 288 pages

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The enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both.

Over centuries many thinkers have asked, "What does it mean to be human?" Their theories often focus on the distinctions – physical, intellectual, and spiritual – that elevate our species, Homo sapiens, above the rest. Claire Cameron's novel asks this question too. But instead of focusing on differences, it extends the umbrella of humanity to include our closest evolutionary relative: Homo neanderthalensis (see 'Beyond the Book').

The Last Neanderthal follows two female protagonists in their own narratives: Girl, a Neanderthal, coming of age; and Rose, the 39-year-old archaeologist who uncovers her skeleton. Set in both ancient and modern-day France, the novel is about adaptation and survival as both protagonists are forced into fundamental change. Though Rose describes her dig as the opposite of an "Indiana Jones-type adventure in snake pits," both characters pull us ...

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