I read a review that says Lucy by Laurence Gonzales is good first novel, "...heartbreaking and heartwarming, hard to put down and hard to forget." Check it out.
An explosive, daring novel that suggests what might happen when a young girl is discovered to be the result of the experimental breeding of human and ape.
Lucy, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a primatologist, a girl who has had only apes as playmates, is rescued from the jungles of the Congo during a civil war uprising and brought to live in the suburbs of Chicago. The stunning revelation of who—and what—she is sets in motion her fight for survival and for her very right to exist.
Here is a novel that has as its underpinnings the moral, ethical, and philosophical issues of cutting-edge biotechnology, genetic engineering, and cloning, and that masterfully explores what it means to be human...