I love a book that promises to lead you in a certain direction, only to have it completely surprise you mid-way. The Bear did that for me – I thought I was reading a “straightforward” post-apocalyptic novel about a girl surviving alone in the wilderness… and it is that, for sure, but about 1/3 of the way in it pivots ever so slightly and becomes something much bigger, more beautiful, poignant, and magical. So incredibly magical! I loved and savored every single word of it – a book that by page count should’ve taken me a day to read, I spread out over a week, not wanting it to end. THAT’s what I’m talking about. -seth— From Seth's Picks
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From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth's last two human inhabitants, and a girl's journey home
In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen.
A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion.
Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels: The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, and The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, which inspired much of the landscape in The Bear.