Come One! Come All!


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I’m doing another reading!

This one is in Newark, DE, my home town, on Friday, October 16th. The event is 7 PM to 9 PM, although I’ll only be on for about half an hour. The rest of the time will belong to various musical guests and I wish I knew who they are because then I could tell you who they are and how awesome they are and why you should go see them, too.

The location is Central Perk, on Main Street.

I’ll be reading from and signing copies of To Give a Rose. I’ll have copies available to sell, but if you want to get one ahead of time you can go through Amazon or Kindle. Click here to order. Hopefully I’ll get an arrangement set up with a local bookseller as well.

But what is this book? I’ve noticed that the online publicity so far talks all about who I am, but does not include a synopsis of the book!

So, short description: it’s a novel about human evolution. For a slightly longer description, here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Artist Sophie Smith “listens” to fossils to seek inspiration, but her latest subjects, a pair of ape-like human ancestors millions of years old, could give her something else as well. Never has she needed a clear perspective on human descent so much, for now she is unexpectedly pregnant.

As Sophie struggles to make art and make a decision, her speculations frame and introduce the real stories of seventy-five years in a proto-human community, the “foot-ape” Tribe of the River Confluence. There is the community founder who must make a terrible choice to reclaim her power and her dignity. There is the man who defends his family from famine in ways at once human and beastly. There is the woman who crosses a mountain range for a chance at saving her children. And more. Sophie can wonder, draw solace, and make decisions about her own legacy, but she cannot know these stories. She cannot learn why one of her fossil subjects is holding the fossil of a flower.


About Caroline Ailanthus

I am a creative science writer. That is, most of my writing is creative rather than technical, but my topic is usually science. I enjoy explaining things and exploring ideas. I have one published novel and another on the way. I have a master's degree in Conservation Biology and I work full-time as a writer.
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