The Female of the Species: A Novel by Lionel Shriver
Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible—and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When sexy young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love—before an amazed and injured Errol's eyes. As he follows the progress of their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through subtle, cruel, and calculating manipulation.
Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Brooklyn, New York, and London, England
Date of Birth:
May 18, 1957
Place of Birth:
Gastonia, North Carolina
B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University, 1978; M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Columbia University, 1982
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Lionel Shriver is now one of my favorite authors, the ones I check for new books and order practically blindfolded. This book was great! I first read "We Have To Talk About Kevin", then this book, and lastly "The Post Birthday World" What I love, beyond the fantastic plots and awesome writing, is that each book is different. Each book is dynamic, so good I hate to finish but can't put down. I am a picky reader and Lionel Shriver is up so many notches I have no worry about any other of her books. When I saw there had been no review of this book I had to write a review. This book is much too good and deserves attention. Fairly outrageous story here but if you are picky like me, get this book, cancel plans for the next couple of days and read... I'd write more, but I am looking for my next Lionel Shriver book. Bye.