Our June book pick was The Last Neanderthal by Canadian author Claire Cameron (who was kind enough to sign custom book plates for all of our subscribers!). You guys know I love featuring Canadian Literature whenever I possibly can. The book tells the story of Girl, a Neanderthal female, alongside modern day archeologist Rose Gale. I love archeology so this book was right up my alley.
When creating this book club guide, I took inspiration from Girl's side of the story.
• In the book, Girl and her brother go hunting and later in the novel we see Neanderthals fishing. You could definitely go with meat skewers as a snack food for this book club meeting. Instead, I chose to focus on the gatherer side so even the vegetarians could find something to eat.
• If you wanted to incorporate more modern day food, Dr.Pepper would be a good beverage to choose. Rose's assistant always seems to have a can in his hand.
• This make shift bonfire was my favourite part of this book club guide. I took inspiration from this tutorial I found on Pinterest and used the materials I had available. If you wanted to use a real flame indoors , this is another possible idea.
• You could easily make this authentic if you are able to have a real bonfire in your backyard.
1. Which storyline did you find more interesting?
2. Rose was forced to make difficult decisions regarding work and her pregnancy. How did you feel about her choices?
3. Did you guess that Runt was human? At what point in the story did you realize?
4. The author did a lot of research on Neanderthals when writing this book. Were they as you imagined them to be? Did anything surprise you?
Novel Editions subscribers were lucky enough to chat with Claire Cameron in our online book club group. If you would like to participate in future book club chats, you can join here.