The Last Neanderthal - Selected Press, Reviews, and Interviews

The Last Neanderthal is a national bestseller (The Globe and Mail and Maclean's Magazine lists)

Neanderthals: They’re Just Like Us — a profile by Alexandra Alter in The New York Times


"In The Last Neanderthal, Cameron pulls out all the literary stops in giving Neanderthals as much free rein, agency, and authenticity as possible…. This could easily be the best book that shakes up the classic Neanderthal tropes in science fiction and fantasy."— Los Angeles Review of Books

"Girl is a familiar hero, faced with difficult, life-altering choices about loyalty, longing and complex family ties. The fact that she is from another species — and that Cameron renders her with such exquisite compassion — speaks to the author’s deep empathy, consummate skill as an artist and deep-hearted vision. The Last Neanderthal is a novel to cherish."— The Toronto Star 

— The Week magazine names The Last Neanderthal novel of the week

"Creative, imaginative and smart...It’s perhaps a strange thing to say about a novel that’s fundamentally about extinction, but The Last Neanderthal is a pleasure to read."— Jezebel, selected as a May Read

"Readers have been captivated by stories of prehistoric humans for eons — well, at least since Jean Auel's phenomenal 1980 best seller The Clan of the Cave Bear. Claire Cameron’s arresting new novel The Last Neanderthal investigates the same time period with significantly more literary skill."— USA Today 

“The Last Neanderthal is emotionally engaging…. This immersive story unites two women across time [and] infuses the interrelated stories with warmth, enhanced by vivid details about Neanderthal experiences.”— Shelf Awareness

“Impressively executed…The contrasting and similar reactions to motherhood are emblematic of the book’s greatest strength—its ability to collapse time and space to draw together seemingly dissimilar species: ancestors and successors, writer and reader.”Starred review from Publishers Weekly

“In The Last Neanderthal, Claire Cameron expertly intertwines Girl’s and Rose’s stories. Though they are separated by 40,000 years and exist in almost wholly separate worlds, the women are bonded. They face their bodies’ sexual maturation and capability to create life. They’re challenged by the expectations and limitations of being a woman in their respective times. In turn, Cameron challenges the reader to consider his or her own existence. This is an engaging tale that celebrates the search for life’s meaning and its quotidian nature.”— BookPage

“THE LAST NEANDERTHAL offers current science but places it in the context of emotional lives, particularly the intensity of pregnancy and childbirth --- and in so doing, Cameron urges readers to reflect on just what being “human” really means.”—

Profiles, interviews, and articles:

Neanderthals: They’re Just Like Us — a profile by Alexandra Alter in The New York Times

The Next Chapter, CBC - How Claire Cameron wrote a book set 40,000 years ago

The Millions - Life-Long Obsessions: The Millions Interviews Claire Cameron

JSTOR - The Novelist's Risk: Researching The Last Neanderthal

The Globe and Mail - I'd want to try eating mammoth

CBC - Why Claire Cameron couldn't break up with her latest novel

Reading Group Choices - Book Club Interview

National Post (syndicated) - Novelist Claire Cameron dramatizes the debate that the last Neanderthal didn't come before the first human

The Toronto Star - Claire Cameron on connecting with our 40,000-year-old ancestors

Maclean's Magazine - The New Neanderthals

The Walrus - Why Is Neanderthal Erotica So Hot?

Metro News - The Last Neanderthal follows two narratives set 40,000 years apart

Canadian Notes and Queries - Claire Cameron Interviewed

Essays by Claire Cameron:

Lenny Letter – Neanderthals Were Women, Too

Lithub – Why You Shouldn't Get Into a Fight with Jane Smiley

Chatelaine – On Self Care

L’Espresso Magazine – Appuntamento a Neanderthal (translated into Italian)

Press for the Italian Edition published by SEM:

La Repubblica - Amore stile Neanderthal

IO Donna - Il romanzo degli scheletri innamorati di Claire Cameron

Il Manifesto - Claire Cameron, il tremito della storia ha 40mila anni

Ansa IT - Cameron, amore da preistoria a oggi

Gazzetta di Mantova - Cameron, un romanzo ispirato dagli Amanti

L’Espresso Magazine – Appuntamento a Neanderthal

A few of the places anticipating The Last Neanderthal:

Bustle—11 of the best fiction books coming out in April 

The Millions—Most Anticipated This Month

Loanstars—The top pick for April by librarians across Canada

CBC—April Book Panel Pick

Fast Company—One of 82 Things to See, Hear, and Read This April (by my calculation that's 2.7 things a day)

Village Post—Profile (not online)

Toronto Life—This month's must-read books (not online yet)

Early Press

Listed in Book Page – 10 Women to Watch in 2017: the annual selection of female authors to keep an eye on in 2017 and beyond

Number one pick for April by Loanstars, as voted by librarians across Canada

One of the Emerging Voices in Publishers Lunch Buzz Books for Spring/Summer

Listed as one of “the most exciting books hitting shelves in the first half of 2017, from Canada and beyond,” in the CBC Spring Book Preview

The Last Neanderthal appears in The Millions Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Mark Medley, Books Editor of The Globe and Mail, names The Last Neanderthal as one of the most anticipated books of 2017

One of Brian Bethune’s Big reads coming in 2017 in Maclean’s Magazine

One of “Barabara’s Picks” by Barbara Hoffert, Editor, LJ Prepub Alert, Library Journal

In an exclusive first lookThe Millions revealed the cover

International Hot Book Properties, Publishers Weekly 

More advance praise here.