Books: Romancing The Stone Age

After 12 years, Jean Auel carves out another sequel to her best-selling saga The Clan of the Cave Bear

If you're going to be internationally famous, this is the way to do it. Jean Auel's books have sold 34 million copies, but she can still walk into Starbucks without turning heads, and unlike a certain teen star with similar pull, she won't be caught prancing around with a snake on her shoulders. Skinning it with a flint knife would be more her style: Auel is the author of the Neolithic saga The Clan of the Cave Bear and its four sequels.

She almost wasn't. Auel (you say it "owl," as in hoot) didn't write a word of fiction until she...

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