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Lucy and Bonbon
Guernica Editions (MiroLand), Spring 2022
244 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771837187
ISBN10: 1771837187
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

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What if humans were able to reproduce with other great apes? What would the hybrid offspring look like? Act like? Think like? And how would humans respond? Would such creatures be allowed to live among us? Or would they be put under a microscope in a zoo or research facility? Lucinda Gerson is an outspoken, free-spirited working-class single mother. Lively and unpredictable, she's the sort of person you might call “one of a kind.” Her child Bonbon is quite literally one of a kind. When Lucinda spends the money she has inherited from an uncle on a trip to visit her anthropologist sister in the Congo, she comes back pregnant. Lucy and Bonbon is the story of mother and child, and of the controversy that swirls around them over the course of the child's first fourteen years. It is a story of freedom and captivity, of love and friendship, of borders and of border crossings, and of what it means to be a human animal.
It's a pretty short moment, isn't it? I mean, what mothers have with their children. Fathers too, if the fathers ever show up, ha ha. And then for a moment I thought of Bei, and it wasn't funny, I just hoped he was all right, that his life--I don't know what-all I hoped, but I hoped it hard.

Books by Don LePan

Lucy and Bonbon