When Professor Hugo Archibald finds an orphaned baby chimp in Africa, it seems like the most normal thing in the world for him to bring the brave little toddler home to Boston to live with his wife and two small children. Jennie quickly assimilates into mid-sixties suburban life, indulging in the rambunctious fun one would expect from a typical American kid of her generation: riding breakneck on her own tricycle, playing with Booger the kitten and a Barbie doll, fighting with her siblings over use of the TV, and - as a teenager - learning to drink, smoke pot, and curse just like her human peers. Attaining an impressive command of American Sign Language, Jennie absorbs a warped vision of heaven from a neighborhood minister, experiences first-hand the bureaucracies of the American health-care system, and even has her own fifteen minutes of fame. Jennie's story - hilarious, poignant, and ultimately tragic - introduces to American literature one of the most endearing animal heroines in modern fiction.
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Jennie, an orphan chimpanzee, is brought to America from Africa by anthropologist Hugo Archibald. Jennie learns American Sign Language, which allows her to communicate with her new family, neighbors ... Read full review
I read this for my Issues in Anthropology and I can truly say I enjoyed this book from cover to cover! It's simply astounding how chimpanzees are so similar to humans. Honestly, it opened my mind to question the ethical and moral codes and the welfare for and of chimpanzees. Preston successfully got to the core of his audience. It made me cry, it was very emotional. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. Jennie is also funny and heart-warming, you will love it!