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Bear

Julia Phillips

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A mesmerizing novel of two sisters whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor--a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods, by the celebrated, bestselling author of Disappearing Earth

An Oprah Daily, CNN, Publishers Weekly, and Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of the Year

"Thrilling and propulsive, glorious and terrifying. Julia Phillips is a brilliant writer."--Ann Patchett

"Beautiful and haunting . . . this is brilliant."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

They were sisters and they would last past the end of time.

Sam and Elena dream of another life. On the island off the coast of Washington where they were born and raised, they and their mother struggle to survive. Sam works on the ferry that delivers wealthy mainlanders to their vacation homes while Elena bartends at the local golf club, but even together they can't earn enough to get by, stirring their frustration about the limits that shape their existence.

Then one night on the boat, Sam spots a bear swimming the dark waters of the channel. Where is it going? What does it want? When the bear turns up by their home, Sam, terrified, is more convinced than ever that it's time to leave the island. But Elena responds differently to the massive beast. Enchanted by its presence, she throws into doubt the desire to escape and puts their long-held dream in danger.

A story about the bonds of sisterhood and the mysteries of the animals that live among us--and within us--Bear is a propulsive, mythical, richly imagined novel from one of the most acclaimed young writers in America.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Hogarth Press
  • Publish Date: Jun 25th, 2024
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 8.20in - 5.70in - 1.10in - 0.90lb
  • EAN: 9780525520436
  • Categories: WomenPsychologicalFamily Life - Siblings

About the Author

Julia Phillips is the bestselling author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. A 2024 Guggenheim fellow, she lives with her family in Brooklyn.

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Praise for this book

"Intense, moody, fierce, and relentlessly suspenseful, Bear is a modern-day fairy tale about the tenacious bonds and complexities of sisterhood. Readers will fall in love with these enchanting characters, as I did, and root for them to the breathtaking end."--Angie Kim, bestselling author of Happiness Falls and Miracle Creek

"Julia Phillips's rare and marvelous new novel weaves fairy-tale magic into a story of sisterhood, daughterhood, care, and devotion, while deftly illustrating the precarity of modern American life and the confines of social class. Building with quiet fury to its astonishing ending, Bear will capture your heart and mind. I read in a state of wonder."--Jessamine Chan, bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers

"In this haunting fable of two sisters determined to steer their own destiny, Julia Phillips evokes the unsettling ways in which the wilder forces of the world around us will never allow us to tame them. I was spellbound."--Julia Glass, bestselling author of Vigil Harbor and Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award