The Neanderthal’s Aunt by Gina DeMarco

LabLit; women’s fiction; science romance; humor


Sara Nicoletta, a level-headed biologist, is about to become the aunt of a Neanderthal baby.

Or so her sister Liz says. A company named Barlas Labs claims that it can recreate the long-extinct species from its DNA sequence. Liz, a yoga-loving socialite, has signed up to be their first customer.

Sara believes that this is too ridiculous to be possible. But soon the project is encompassing her whole life, compromising her privacy and threatening her reputation as a serious researcher. And she finds herself coming head to head with Theo Barlas himself, the enigmatic founder of Barlas labs.

Written by a scientist, The Neanderthal’s Aunt combines cutting edge biology with an incorrigible dog, intermittent veganism, and a little light bondage to tell the touching story of two sisters who become fundamentally divided on the question of what it means to be human.

Reviews by Star and Bandit: “I LOVE NEANDERTHALS. And mad scientists. Chick Lit, not so much. That’s why, in spite of comparisons to Bridget Jones (I’d borrowed but couldn’t get into the library book or the DVD), “The Neanderthal’s Aunt” by Gina DeMarco called to me…Sometimes an author bio hooks me in spite of the genre. Gina DeMarco is a pen name for one of today’s #womeninscience (a “thing” trending at Twitter). She has a PhD in biology and a day job that involves DNA sequencing, and her real identity is a well-guarded secret. She’s also the mother of a little girl—and daughters are a reliable source for madness, if the science experiments fail to deliver…

DeMarco manages to sprinkle humor as well as wisdom into her science, and that is no trivial feat. Contemporary fiction is so serious, so freighted and heavy-laden with doom and gloom, I stand up and cheer for any author who can make me laugh.”

“A dazzling, witty, and moving debut made all the more compelling by the fact that Gina DeMarco knows her science cold. Head, heart, and sci-fi gold.”

Linda Erin Keenan


“If Bridget Jones were a scientist, this would be her diary.”

Amy Rogers


“I read this one out loud to whoever would listen, and had to stifle laughter when I read into the wee hours. Even if I didn’t love Neanderthals, genetics, anthropology and mad scientists, I would love this book.”

Carol Kean

Perihelion SF Magazine


About the Author


Gina DeMarco


Gina DeMarco is an actual biologist working in the field of DNA sequencing. She has a doctorate degree in biology and a small dog. Gina DeMarco is a pen name.

Book Details

Publication date: September 15, 2014

Trade paperback | ISBN 978-1-940419-03-9 | 238 pages | $12.95

Ebook | ISBN 978-1-940419-04-6 |$4.99

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