'A strange and wonderful book, plausible as kitchens, but shapely as a folktale, and with the same disturbing resonance.' -- Margaret Atwood
'Bear,' she cried. 'I love you. Pull my head off.'
Lou is a librarian at the local Heritage Institute who lives a mole-like existence, buried among maps and manuscripts in her dusty basement office.
The chance to escape the monotony of her city life comes when she is summoned to a remote island to inventory the late Colonel Jocelyn Cary's estate. Hoping for an industrious summer of cataloguing, Lou heads north.
Colonel Cary left behind many possessions, but no one warned her about the bear. After a tentative start, Lou soon begins to anticipate the animal's needs for food and company. And, as summer blooms across the island, she discovers that the bear might satisfy some needs of her own.
'A wild, charming, funny and odd book, half folktale but totally grounded in reality too. I love to read a book and be totally mystified how the author pulls off that delicate balance.' --Megan Nolan, author of Acts of Desperation
'I loved this book. Compelling, sexy, brilliant.' --Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters
Marian Engel (1933-1985) was born in Toronto, Canada. Her novels include No Clouds of Glory, Inside the Easter Egg, The Tattooed Woman, and her final novel, Bear, which won the Governor General's Award. A passionate advocate for Canadian writers, she served as the first chair of the Writers Union of Canada, founded in 1973.
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