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Behold the Ape

Behold the Ape


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An acerbic, entertaining caper of evolution, gangsters, Darwin’s brain, and the Golden Age of Hollywood.

When Sonya Orlova, a successful 1930s horror-film actress, crosses paths with a gorilla whose brain has been swapped for the frozen cerebrum of the late Charles Darwin, the two are inspired to write and produce evolution-themed monster movies—with Sonya in her greatest role, Korgora the Ape Woman!

As this offbeat and controversial Hollywood series finds a devoted cult audience, Sonia’s relationship with her strange simian collaborator acquires an intensity neither could have imagined.

Then disaster strikes, as zealous opponents to Darwin’s ideas contrive to put the Ape Woman out of business.

By turns satiric and romantic, madcap and thoughtful, Behold the Ape is at once an outré love story, a tribute to classic monster movies, and a science-fictional celebration of that beleaguered institution we call public education.

“James Morrow is a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.”—New York Times book review 

 “Watch out for James Morrow: He’s magic.”—The Washington Post 

 “It’s called satire, and James Morrow does it brilliantly.”—SF Site 

 "For decades, James Morrow served as one of the great satirists in our field. Behold the Ape shows he's still in peak form … ."—Analog

Behold the Ape was released on April 11, 2023

eBook ISBN: 978-1-68057-405-0
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-68057-404-3
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68057-406-7
162 Pages

Author: James Morrow

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