Jean Auel‘s series the Earth’s Children has been phenomenally beloved, selling an astounding 45 million copies worldwide. In “The Land of Painted Caves,” Ayla is training to be a spirit healer in the Zelandonii clan of her mate, Jondalar. While studying a cave painting Ayla seems to invent art appreciation. After confronting a romantic rival, she realizes that monogamy’s not a bad idea, either. Their prehistoric community’s adventures and travails (earthquakes, rapists, chickenpox!) will be welcomed by the fans who have been following their lives since 1980.