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Primatologist Jenny Lowe is studying bonobo chimpanzees deep in the Congo when she is caught in a deadly civil war that leaves a fellow researcher dead and his daughter, Lucy, orphaned. Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for Lucy as her own. But as she reads the late scientist’s notebooks, she discovers that Lucy is the result of a shocking experiment, and that the adorable, magical, wonderful girl she has come to love is an entirely new hybrid species—half human, half bonobo.
trust you, Harry. You’re my best friend. But I’m just asking you to be patient. I’m not ready to talk about it, okay? Respect that boundary, won’t you?” Harry didn’t miss a beat. “Are you going to have time to volunteer at the shelter with Lucy in your life?” As Jenny reflected on his gallantry, she thought, Maybe Mother is right. Maybe I should marry him. But there was still that psychologist. She was a piece of work. A professional snoop. For a moment Jenny entertained the idea that she
tell us what it’s like. What is it like to be a hybrid human?” “Yes. Certainly.” Lucy thought for a moment as her face flashed across continents. In homes, offices, restaurants, airport lounges, and even in hospitals, the image of Lucy hung before the world, as she contemplated what she was going to say. She looked down into her lap, then up at Diane. “I think that I’m really like a lot of teenagers. I think that what I feel is exactly what many of them feel. Something happened long ago that I
had dared to cross. It was no good. Amanda, too, had suffered. Her mother had all but disowned her. Her father gave her money, but she had effectively come to live with Lucy and Jenny after her eighteenth birthday. Lucy was glad for that. But she also feared that if Amanda continued on with her, then Amanda, too, might be doomed. On a Thursday night Jenny and Lucy drove to the University of Chicago. They were under the impression that they were going to some sort of event where there would be
same subject a few miles from each other for years, could fail to know about each other’s work. Some find your altruism in adopting her suspicious in and of itself.” “We were two days’ walk apart, and he pointedly avoided my efforts to get to know him.” The provost intervened. “Dr. Lowe, I’m sure what you say is true. But we have to conclusively resolve the issue. The creation of a human-animal hybrid is a serious breach of ethics and probably illegal as well. In truth, we have to determine—and
high. Jenny thought that it seemed oddly out of place. “I’d like to begin,” Senator Rhodes said, “by thanking the witness for coming here today. And Dr. Lowe. But I do want to clarify something concerning Lucy’s testimony. I am not an ape. And my relatives are not chimpanzees.” The applause was wild and deafening as people stomped their feet and cheered. Senator Cochrain hammered his gavel, but the people continued talking and grumbling among themselves. “Now, Lucy, I want to ask you a personal