Going ape over Ape House

Cover image of "Ape House"I’ve just finished reading Sara Gruen’s latest offering Ape House. Her first book Water for Elephants is one of my all time favourites, so I was really looking forward to what she came up with next. I even selflessly sacrificed working on an assignment so I could get through it in 2 days. Oh the hardship.

I had assumed from the title it may be a kind of sequel or spin-off from her circus-inspired first novel, but as I devoured the first chapter, then the next…and the one after that…it became apparent Sara Gruen had invented something entirely brand new and original. While her familiar style of funny, intelligent and observant writing continues to shine through, the story explores a very different kind of circus – the clown antics of today’s reality TV and the people (and animals) who are exploited in the name of entertainment.

I loved this book.  Please read it so I have someone to talk about it with!

I have a great respect for authors who risk their place on the bestseller list by dishing up something different and surprising with each book.  What serial authors do you appreciate the most? Those you can rely on to deliver a winning formula every time, like Jodi Picoult or John Grisham? Or those who never do the same thing twice?