>This was my Mother’s favorite book series. So, in her honor, i’m posting news about the sixth and final book in the series.
By Mike Collett-White,Reuters:
Long before J.K. Rowling turned Harry Potter into a publishing phenomenon, another female author, Jean Auel, was launching her own bestselling series set in prehistory which concludes on Tuesday with the sixth book.
“The Land of Painted Caves,” being released around the world, is the final chapter in the Earth’s Children cycle and follows Ayla as she seeks to balance her role as mother with that of spiritual leader.
The cycle first appeared in 1980 with “The Clan of the Cave Bear,” in which five-year-old Ayla, a Cro-Magnon girl, is left homeless by an earthquake and adopted by a group of Neanderthals called the “Clan.”
Then came “The Valley of Horses” (1982), “The Mammoth Hunters” (1985), “The Plains of Passage” (1990) and “The Shelters of Stone” (2002).
With a combined print run of 45 million copies, the series has made Auel one of the book world’s most bankable stars.
“Probably it’s the last one of the Earth’s Children series,” the American told Reuters in a recent interview in London to discuss the book, published by Random House’s Crown Publishing Group in the United States and Hodder & Stoughton in Britain.
“I think it has reached a good ending. I hope it will leave you thinking a little bit,” added the 75-year-old, who is renowned for her obsessive research and heavy tomes rich in period detail and description.
Asked how she felt leaving Ayla’s world, she added: “I haven’t really had to think about it and so I’m kind of avoiding thinking about it, because yes, I’m sure I’m going to be sad.”