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The Bear - by Andrew Krivak (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: General

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

Author: Andrew Krivak

Language: English

Street Date: February 11, 2020
TCIN: 77124249
UPC: 9781942658702
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-4171


Advance Praise for The Bear

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"A moving post-apocalyptic fable for grown-ups. . . . Ursula K. Le Guin would approve." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Engagingly different. . . . Unfolds in graceful, luminous prose." --Library Journal (starred review)

"In spare and lovely prose, Andrew Krivak folds the deep past and the far future into a remarkable fable about our inheritance as humanity makes a harmonic return to the spirit and animal worlds. This book follows you, like a river under ice." --Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son and Fortune Smiles

"A tight yet expansive novel in prose so vivid you forget these are words and not the cedar, trout, and stones of a post-Anthropocene Earth. Through the middle of The Bear walks an unnamed girl whose determination to go on living will fill you with awe." --Salvatore Scibona, author of The End and The Volunteer

"Reading The Bear will bring you back to the wonder-filled stories of childhood, the sort that linger, that alter our understanding of the world, that shape who we become. Such is the simple and profound power of Krivak's unexpectedly hopeful novel. Crafted with as much care and mastery as the finest oaken bow, this is a book that manages to be both timeless and urgent, clear-eyed and tender-hearted, archetypal and unconventional: a bedtime tale told by a prophet. A wonder in itself." --Josh Weil, author of The New Valley and The Age of Perpetual Light

What Booksellers & Librarians Are Saying About The Bear

"What a balm to read a book so lovely that moves at a measured pace in this fast-paced age. That, too, is the point of The Bear, where life itself is lived with deep attention to the animals, landscape, and seasons by the very last humans on Earth, who by necessity and love share what they learn in remarkable fashion. This is a book that takes the reader to heart: a story to be savored, a grace to be received." --Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books

"Krivak's nature writing is simply divine. This lyrical fable has a few white-knuckled moments, but it's the story's tender spirituality that kept me up reading through the night." --Emily Crowe, An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Caf�

"Tender and lyrical, beautifully descriptive and with just enough suspense to temper the story, The Bear is divine." --Lee Virden Geurkink, Monkey and Dog Books

"Ancient in its rhythm and content, Andrew Krivak's The Bear reads as a folktale from an entirely possible, fast-approaching future. The lives that may very well be lived by the last of us are lyrically and lovingly articulated across these pages." --Jack Hawthorn, Raven Book Store

"This was such an interesting book. Not very long, but the way the prose felt slow and meaningful pulled me in and made me slow down to read it. . . . When I finished, I felt like I'd had an experience, not just read a book." --Izzy Stringham, Bookbinders Basalt

"Krivak definitely has a gift for unique stories and I know my patrons will really enjoy his work." --Meagan Brown, Cromaine District Library

"Very enjoyable." --Kayla Campbell, Plum City Public Library

"Refreshing. . . . A simple story written with an unflinching but compassionate voice, Krivak's tale should be thoughtfully savored while it slowly winds its way into your moral conscience." --Kyle Evans, Springfield-Greene County Library

"A touching book you will remember for a long time. I highly recommend it." --Sandy Jones-Boyd, Fannin County Library

"Stunning. . . . Krivak gives us a startling view of the future; of being alone and trying to understand a world that no longer exists." --Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System

"This was a book that really makes you think about the future and the choices that we as humans are making today." --Courtney Reynolds, John Tomay Memorial Library

"I ended up reading this in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much. . . . The words were simple and honest, but the picture they painted was delightful." --Lauren Rhodes, St. Louis County Library

"Hauntingly beautiful, written in a poetic style, I highly recommend The Bear." --Judy Sebastian, Eastham Public Library and Friends of the Eastham Library

More Praise for Andrew Krivak

"Some writers are good at drawing a literary curtain over reality, and then there are writers who raise the veil and lead us to see for the first time. Krivak belongs to the latter." --National Book Award judges' citation

"[Krivak's] sentences accrue and swell and ultimately break over a reader like water: they are that supple and bracing and shining." --Leah Hager Cohen

"Incandescent." --Marlon James

"A writer of rare and powerful elegance." --Mary Doria Russell

"Destined for great things." --Richard Russo

"[A] singular talent." --Jesmyn Ward

"An extraordinarily elegant writer, with a deep awareness of the natural world." --New York Times Book Review

"[Krivak] bring[s] out the vast compassion, humanity and love of his rich, fully developed characters." --Star Tribune

"Krivak's story and characters are mythic." --Booklist (starred review)

"Krivak has his own voice, given to lyrical observations on the nature of human existence." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Select Praise for The Sojourn

National Book Award Finalist
Chautauqua Prize Winner
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winner

"A story that celebrates, in its stripped down but resonant fashion, the flow between creation and destruction we all call life." --Dayton Literary Peace Prize judges' citation

"A novel of uncommon lyricism and moral ambiguity that balances the spare with the expansive." --Chautauqua Prize committee citation

"A gripping and harrowing war story that has the feel of a classic." --NPR.org "Year's Top Book Club Picks" citation

"Splendid. . . . A novel for anyone who has a sharp eye and ear for life." --NPR All Things Considered

"A beautiful tale of persistence and dogged survival." --Los Angeles Times

"[A] powerful, assured first novel." --Washington Post

"A classic of war. . . . Beautifully plotted, as rapt and understated as a hymn." --Plain Dealer

"An undeniably powerful accomplishment." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Unsentimental yet elegant. . . . With ease, [The Sojourn] joins the ranks of other significant works of fiction portraying World War I." --Library Journal (starred review)

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