Charm School for Primates
Karen Odyniec

Liv, a primatologist, 30, suffers from acute social anxiety. Studying the interpersonal relationships of bonobos, she is more at home with apes than humans. Immersed in the fascinating and steamy dramas of her pan paniscus subjects, she lives in a cocoon that shields her from her greatest fears the messy world of human existence and conflict. Duty calls and she must leave her safe haven to present research to a funding panel. Under the spotlight, Liv is struck by a debilitating anxiety attack. Consequently, she loses her job and is torn from her beloved apes. Destitute, she moves to her parents in NYC. On the verge of giving up all hope of working with apes again, she learns she is under consideration for a field position in Africa, a career opportunity of Jane Goodall proportions. To win the coveted grant, Liv must give a public presentation to a scrutinizing corporate judging panel and defeat brilliant, polished, socially adept competition. She enlists Clyde, an irritable yet renowned presentation coach, to prepare her for the event. With him, she embarks on a journey that forces her to wake up and face her fears so she might right the course her mired life.