POSTPONED - we hope to reschedule in June
ANDREW KRIVAK signing and discussing his new novel THE BEAR. In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a “mountain that stands alone” ( Mt Monadnock!). 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.
Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels: The Signal Flame (2017), a Chautauqua Prize finalist, and The Sojourn (2011), a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction. 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.
"[Krivak's] sentences are polished stones of wonder. . . . The elegiac tone reflects what is lost and what will be lost, an enchantment as if Wendell Berry had reimagined Cormac McCarthy's The Road." —Booklist
“[A] tender apocalyptic fable . . . endowed with such fullness of meaning that you have to assign this short, touching book its own category: the post-apocalypse utopia.”
—Wall Street Journal
“With artistry and grace . . . Krivak delivers a transcendent journey into a world where all living things—humans, animals, trees—coexist in magical balance, forever telling each other’s unique stories. This beautiful and elegant novel is a gem.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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)