If you haven’t already discovered The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel, then add it to your stack of books to read. It’s the first in a series of books that was first released 30 years ago. Amazon’s summary of the book sets the tale:
When her parents are killed by an earthquake, 5-year-old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone. Cold, hungry, and badly injured by a cave lion, the little girl is as good as gone until she is discovered by a group who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. This clan, left homeless by the same disaster, have little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they refer to as the “Others.” Only their medicine woman sees in Ayla a fellow human, worthy of care. She painstakingly nurses her back to health–a decision that will forever alter the physical and emotional structure of the clan. Although this story takes place roughly 35,000 years ago, its cast of characters could easily slide into any modern tale. The members of the Neanderthal clan, ruled by traditions and taboos, find themselves challenged by this outsider, who represents the physically modern Cro-Magnons. And as Ayla begins to grow and mature, her natural tendencies emerge, putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggle.
Jean Auel is profoundly talented in her ability to draw the reader into her settings. She depicts the surroundings of her characters beautifully. You can’t help but feel that you’re there with the clan when you read the story.
Pick it up today and be inspired!