BEA Editor's Buzz Panel: Seriously, did anybody think they'd get copy above the monkey-on-girl sex book?

From PW's take on the BEA Editor's Buzz panel yesterday:
One of the six buzz books flogged has a three-page sex scene between a talking monkey and a woman. “It’s not bestiality,” said Cary Goldstein, the book’s editor at Twelve, “It’s love.”

The book is The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale’s debut, and Goldstein said he loves the story, that of a chimpanzee who learns to talk, falls in love with a primatologist and eventually becomes a murderer. Why not? “It’s big, loud, abrasive, witty, earnest, and accomplished,” Goldstein said.
Queued up in line to be ignored in favor of monkey sex:
Emma Donoghue’s Room (Little Brown), about a boy who's grown up as a captive in a room with his mother, who was kidnapped years before.

Bad Science (FSG), already a U.K. bestseller from author-physician Ben Goldacre, about a South African vitamin entrepreneur who was selling vitamins to treat AIDS.

The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer (Scribner), Siddhartha Mukherjee's epic history of the disease and view toward the future of treatment.

Read the rest here.


Mylène said…
Sounds like what I call "X-writing," the publishing world's version of extreme sports, base-jumping, etc. If anyone wants to read a thoughtful (and realistic) account of what it means to have lived with a chimpanzee living as a human, check out "Captivity," by my friend Debbie Lee Wesselmann.
Okay, I'm torn between voyeuristic curiosity and quivering with revulsion, and right now the revulsion wins. Don't think I'll be getting that one.

Oh, and is it just me, or did that conjure up images from Planet of the Apes? Now THAT's love.
Shannon said…
I just finished reading in advanced copy of Bruno Littlemore. If I had known the premise when I started, I might not have invested time reading this 500+ page book.
But,Hale's mastery of language and the intriging story enchanted me. By the time the chimp, Bruno, has a sexual relationship with a woman you will love the characters. Certainly it is shocking, but the love between the chimp, who really evolves into a human, is believable. It really isn't beastiality, it's love. This book is now one of my all-time favorites.

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