Synopses & Reviews
Jennie is the fictional account of a chimpanzee named Jennie Archibald based on real-life histories of four chimpanzees who were raised as children in human families: Meshie Mungkut, Lucy Temerlin, Vickie Hayes, and Nim Chimopsky--all of whom eventually died under tragic and even horrifying circumstances. All the scientific experiments described in this novel actually took place, under slightly different circumstances.
"Brilliant and complex....Jennie
the novel is a dazzling fiction debut." --The Los Angeles Times
"A haunting account of the nebulous line between man and animal....Tragic, dark, irresistible." --Boston Herald
"Douglas Preston's Jennie has everything: an unforgettable main character, a powerful theme, a heartachingly beautiful compelling story. This is a stunning debut by a special talent. It feels like a classic." --David Morrell, author of First Blood [Rambo]
"Mr. Preston has given us a novel that is fresh and different, that holds us to every page, and that not only takes us inside the mind of a closely related primate, but teaches us something about our own humanity, or lack of it." --Stuart Woods, author of Dead Eyes
"Our dusty museums contain many secrets, and fiction is probably the best and safest way to reveal them, as Doug Preston does so captivatingly in Jennie." --Alan B. Ternes, editor, Natural History, published by the American Museum of Natural History
"I love Jennie, the book and the chimp. You have created a very remarkable person and a very important book." --Jane Goodall, author of In the Shadow of Man
About the Author
, a regular contributor to The New Yorke
r, has worked for the American Museum of Natural History, and taught English at Princeton University. With his frequent collaborator Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as The Cabinet of Curiosities, The Ice Limit, Thunderhead, Riptide, Reliquary, Mount Dragon,
, which became a major Hollywood picture. An earlier solo novel, Jennie, was published by Tor Books and was turned into a television movie.