Provocative, suspenseful, and startlingly original, Theory of Bastards explores speculative science and technology of the near-future while grounding the story in the intimate relationships between people and animals, in all combinations. Both thrilling and character driven, this novel should please fans of Margaret Atwood and Ann Patchett as well as William Gibson and Neil Stephenson lovers, and it has the best primate characters this side of Planet of the Apes!— From Jonathan's Picks
The Philip K. Dick Award-winning sci-fi novel: "A riveting page-turner" about the behavior of primates--human and otherwise--"in a very near and dire future" (The Washington Post).Winner of the 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction One of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of fiction in 2018 In a world where coastal cities flood, dust storms plague the Midwest, and implants connect humans directly to the Web, Dr. Francine Burk has broken new ground in the study of primate sexuality. While in recovery from a long-needed surgery--paid for with a portion of her McArthur "genius" award money--Frankie is offered placement at a prestigious research institute where she can verify her subversive scientific discovery: her Theory of Bastards.
Leaving Manhattan for a research campus outside Kansas City, Frankie finds that the bonobos she's studying are complex, with distinct personalities. She comes to know them with the help of her research partner, a man with a complicated past and perhaps a place in her future. But when the entire campus is caught in a sudden emergency, the lines between subject and scientist--and between colleague and companion--begin to blur.
Audrey Schulman Award-winning novel explores the nuances of communication, the implications of unquestioned technological advancement, and the enduring power of love in a way that is essential and urgent in today's world.
About the Author
Audrey Schulman is the author of four previous novels: Three Weeks in December (Europa 2012), Swimming with Jonah, The Cage, and A House Named Brazil. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she runs HEET, a non-profit.