Sara Gruen on "Ape House"

January 9, 2011

Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants" featured a circus elephant in captivity.   In her new novel   "Ape House,"  a family of bonobo apes are captured to be the main attraction in a reality TV show. Sara Gruen tells Anne Strainchamps she studied linguistics and learned a system of lexigrams so she could communicate directly with the apes housed at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa. 


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