Told simultaneouslyfrom the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth—at times brutal, other times deeply moving—is about the simple truths that transcendspecies, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity forsurvival.
Looeeis forever set apart, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionatehuman couple in Vermont who cannot conceive a baby of their own. He’s not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps.One tragic night Looee’s two natures collide, and this unique family isforever changed.
At the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzeeshas been studied for decades. The work at Girdish has proved that chimpshave memories and solve problems, that they can learn language and needfriends, and that they build complex cultures. They are political, altruistic, andcapable of anger and forgiveness. When Looee is moved to the institute, he isforced to try to find a place in this new world.
A Beautiful Truth is an epic and heartfelt story about parenthood,friendship, loneliness, fear, and conflict, about the things we hold sacred ashumans and how much we have in common with our animal relatives. A novel ofgreat heart and wisdom from a literary master, it exposes the yearnings,cruelty, and resilience of all great apes.