The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children® series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar. Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago.
In 1977, at the age of forty and on the cusp of changing jobs, Jean M. Auel was inspired by the idea of writing a story—a short story. She envisioned a young woman from mankind’s earliest history, who was the archetypal stranger, living with people who are physically and psychologically different. Jean Auel began to write, until she realized something important: She had no idea what the world she wanted to write about was like. She began to research. She named her heroine Ayla (pronounced with a long “A”). Jean Auel’s short story grew into an outline for a novel, and the outline grew into a plan for six epic novels. “I told my husband I had a plan for six books,” she laughs, “and he replied I hadn’t even written one!”
Three decades in the telling. The Land of Painted Caves is an exquisite achievement by one of the world’s most beloved authors.