Trade paperback of THE NEANDERTHAL'S AUNT by Gina DeMarco.
ISBN 978-1-940419-03-9; 238 pages
Sara Nicoletta, a level-headed biologist, is about to become the aunt of a Neanderthal baby.
Or so her sister Liz says. A company named Barlas Labs claims that it can recreate the long-extinct species from its DNA sequence. Liz, a yoga-loving socialite, has signed up to be their first customer.
Sara believes that this is too ridiculous to be possible. But soon the project is encompassing her whole life, compromising her privacy and threatening her reputation as a serious researcher. And she finds herself coming head to head with Theo Barlas himself, the enigmatic founder of Barlas labs.
Written by a scientist, THE NEANDERTHAL'S AUNT combines cutting edge biology with an incorrigible dog, intermittent veganism, and a little light bondage to tell the touching story of two sisters who become fundamentally divided on the question of what it means to be human.