The author takes infanticide, incest, genital mutilation, murder, and rape as a matter-of-fact instinctual course of humanity. I'm sorry, but I just can't continue reading this drivel. Call me a prude if you must. When I saw a picture of a 90-year-old author on the back cover of a nobel-prize-winning novel, I certainly didn't expect such a trashy novel. There is no reason that pre-history novels have to assume that humans started out on this awful course. I like the author's writing style and the premise of her novel is interesting (what if the first humans were asexual females and suddenly started giving birth to male babies). However, her justifications and smoothings over of the gross crimes in this novel aren't enough to make me want to continue to fill my mind with them.