Colin McAdam

A Beautiful Truth

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Walt and Judy are deeply in love, but Judy longs for a child. Walt measures all beautyagainst that of Judy and doesn't want her eyes to get any sadder. They stay side by side andsearch for distractions, realizing they may never have a familywhen Walt finds an unexpectedopportunity in the pages of Life magazine. Soon they are welcoming Looee, bornin Sierra Leone, into their home in the hills of Vermont, where they come to regard him astheir son. The three of them eventually find their rhythm and settle into their own versionof love and life between four walls. Until the night their unique family is changed forever. Hundreds of miles away, at the Girdish Institute in Florida, a group of chimpanzees hasbeen studied for decades. There is proof that chimps have memories and solve problems,that they can learn language and need friends. They are political, altruistic; they get angryand forgive. Among them is Mr. Ghoul, who has grown up in a world of rivals, sex, andunpredictable loss. As Looee and Mr. Ghoul's distant but parallel paths through childhood,adolescence, and early middle age converge, a new experience of family is formed. Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees,A Beautiful Truthis an inventive, thrillingly intelligent, and heartfelt novel about parenthood,friendship, loneliness, and strength, about the things we hold sacred as humans andthe facts that link us inevitably to a nature we too often ignore.
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