Debbie Lee Wesselmann


Praise for Captivity

“A South Carolina chimpanzee sanctuary affiliated with a university provides the unusual setting for Wesselmann’s powerful second novel . . . The stirring stories of Dana and her family play out in unforgettable fashion.  With empathetic insight, the author precisely observes both human and animal behavior.”

–– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Novelist Wesselmann has once again combined a riveting plot with exciting characters to hold you spellbound until the last page.”

–– Library Journal (starred review)

“Wesselmann’s clear description of the challenges Dana faced, together with a story of family turmoil, romance, crime, academic politics, ambition and treachery kept me riveted until the end.”

--D.G. Martin, Chapel Hill News (NC)

“A richly entertaining novel with a layered plot.”

-- The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

“Debbie Lee Wesselmann states that her goal as a storyteller is to keep the reader turning pages until late into the night.  That statement should come as a warning label on Captivity.  Once you start this highly original and beautifully written book with its fascinating cast of chimpanzees, caretakers, and exploiters, you won’t be able to put it down until finished.  Then you will want to tell everyone, ‘do yourself a favor and read this amazing book!’”

––Cassandra King, author of Queen of Broken Hearts

“Wesselmann writes with courage and flair, willing to take risks most writers would shy away from––but she hits the mark every time.  She manages to give us what John Updike has called ‘the human news.’  She tells the truth about what it means to be human.”

–– Robert Bausch, author of A Hole in the Earth, Almighty Me, and The Gypsy Man

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