In this "witty novel about family, friendship, and survival of
the fittest,"* Cathleen Schine, one of our most astute social
observers, examines the origin of species alongside the
origins of who we come to be.
In some mysterious family feud or unintended slight, Jane Barlow
Schwartz lost a friend, her cousin and soul mate, Martha. But
years later, surrounded by the exotic wildlife of the Galapagos,
Jane and Martha meet again. There, amid the antics of
blue-footed boobies and red-lipped batfish, Jane sets off on a
quest through her family history to pinpoint the moment when
Martha was no longer the Martha she knew. In the process, she
ponders instinct, natural selection, and the oddities of evolution
that transform us. As Barbara Kingsolver proclaimed in
The New York Times Book Review, "We should rejoice in
a rare novel like The Evolution of Jane . . . A
rollicking family saga tinged with hints of sexual intrigue . .
. Three cheers."