The Reconstruction

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Sculptor Margaret Fisher slips into a protective cocoon of listless sleep and lurid dreams after her 10-year marriage breaks up. She also plunges into a new project: the full body reconstruction of an "Australopithecus afarensis", based on the famous fossil "Lucy". "An unusual, unprettified, and ultimately haunting character portrait".--"Kirkus Reviews" .

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The title of Claudia Casper's first novel, The Reconstruction refers to the skeletal remains of Lucy, a fine example of Australopithecus, an early forerunner of modern-day Homo sapiens. Protagonist Margaret is a sculptor in the midst of a life crisis who, in the course of assembling casts of Lucy's bones for a museum model, begins reconstructing her own life as well. As she searches for clues about Lucy's prehistoric life to give form to her ancient acquaintance, Margaret finds herself pondering the facts of her own past, from the death of her mother years before to her recent exit from a loveless marriage.

In Margaret, Claudia Casper has created a delightful, quirky protagonist, one who lives on in memory after the book is done. Though the path she treads to self-knowledge may be one mapped in many other novels, Margaret definitely chooses the most scenic route, managing in the process to surprise the reader at almost every turn in the road.

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