unCommon Authors, an Author Video Series: THE LAST ANIMAL by Ramona Ausubel

By Coll Rowe | November 16 2023 | College & University ReadsAll-School ReadsCommunity Reads

                                                               Common Reads LogoPenguin Random House Education logo

PRH Education/Common Reads presents:

unCommon Authors

unCommon Authors is a monthly video series highlighting exceptional and

unique authors talking about their books.


The Last Animal by Ramona Ausubel, is like a sweeter, more poignant version of ‘Jurassic Park. . .’ This shaggy elephant story is as much about surviving family grief as it is about living in a world doomed by climate change. And yet, The Last Animal takes flight with all the improbable buoyancy of a pterodactyl.”Ron Charles, CBS This Morning



Author photo of Ramona Ausubel

© Beowulf Sheehan

Ramona Ausubel is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of the novel No One Is Here Except All of Us and the short story collection A Guide to Being Born. Her work has been published in The New YorkerOne StoryThe Paris Review DailyBest American Fantasy, and elsewhere, and has received special mentions in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award and the Pushcart Prize.

The Last Animal
A Novel

The Last Animal is a playful, witty, and resonant novel in which a single mother and her two teen daughters engage in a wild scientific experiment and discover themselves in the process.