Zigman presents characters that are shaded and insightful and richly engaging. A fun read. The fun here is in the details. Sharp, hilarious. As scary as it is funny. Check Her out.
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Peeling is that inexorable process that starts when all your romantic engines are humming, all signs are pointing straight ahead. Your skin has a raw patch from where he used to be. She is not the famous Jane Goodall of primatology, but a TV producer whose passionate boyfriend proclaims every kind of believable love for her only to wake up one morning looking at her as if she were some kind of wart.
Then, with more research, she has to deal with more troubling information: the least common denominators of human behavior Darwin , the power of self-deception Nietzsche and the self-evidently sloppy evolution of desire. My breath became shallow.
I started to sweat. How can we go on? Jane finds out something she never bargained for, which is that she has to dig impossibly deep, deeper than the biological origins of attraction, to find the roots of her own determination, and of that teasing human predisposition to not just love but to be known. This lighthearted treatment of her journey leaves you with a vague feeling of sadness -- the aftermath of the truest kind of comedy known to man and beast.
Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman (Paperback, 1998)