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The Dragon Keeper

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
"This is a thriller of the rarest form—one that touches both the mind and the heart. A wonderful read."
—Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mysteries

"A well-drawn love story, an ecological fable, and a suspenseful thriller… [a] fine and riveting novel."
—Mary Francois Rockcastle, author of In Caddis Wood and Rainy Lake

A zookeeper fights to save the animal she loves, even as her own life crumbles around her…

Meg Yancy knows she may be overly attached to Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care since it arrived at the zoo from Indonesia. Jata brings the exotic to Meg’s Minnesotan life: an ancient, predatory history and stories of escaping to freedom. A species that became endangered soon after being discovered, Komodos have a legacy of independence, something that Meg understands all too well. Meg has always been better able to relate to reptiles than to people, from her estranged father to her live-in boyfriend to the veterinarian who is more concerned with his career than with the animals’ lives.

Then one day, Meg makes an amazing discovery. Jata has produced viable eggs—without ever having had a mate. Faced with this rare phenomenon, Meg must now defend Jata’s hatchlings from the scientific, religious, and media forces that converge on the zoo to claim the miracle as their own.

Finally forced to deal with the very people she has avoided for so long, Meg discovers that opening herself up comes with its own complications. And as she fights to save the animal she loves from the consequences of its own miracle, she must learn to accept that in nature, as in life, not everything can be controlled.

Mindy Mejia’s gripping debut novel highlights the perils of captivity and the astonishing ways in which animals evolve.

For book group questions, a sample chapter, and more about Mindy and all things dragon, visit Mindy's website.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This is a thriller of the rarest form—one that touches both the mind and the heart. A wonderful read." - Mary Logue

"A well-drawn love story, an ecological fable, and a suspenseful thriller… [a] fine and riveting novel." - Mary Francois Rockcastle


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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dragon Keeper
Author(s): Mindy Mejia
ISBN: 1-61822-064-0 / 978-1-61822-064-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dragon Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Mindy Mejia
ISBN: 1-61822-013-6 / 978-1-61822-013-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
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November 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dragon Keeper
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Title: The Dragon Keeper
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August 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dragon Keeper: A Novel
Author(s): Mindy Mejia
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU