The Bear

224 pages


ISBN: 9781942658719

Trade Paper

List Price US $16.99
ISBN: 9781942658702

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“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

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“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 Andrew 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

“A moving post-apocalyptic fable for grown-ups. . . . Ursula K. Le Guin would approve.”

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“Engagingly different. . . . Unfolds in graceful, luminous prose.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“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 (Northern California)

“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 & Café (Plainville, MA)

“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 (Fort Worth, TX)

“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 (Lawrence, KS)

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“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 (Basalt, CO)

“Krivak definitely has a gift for unique stories and I know my patrons will really enjoy his work.”

Meagan Brown, Cromaine District Library (Hartland, MI)

“Very enjoyable.”

Kayla Campbell, Plum City Public Library (Plum City, WI)

“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 (Springfield, MO)

“A touching book you will remember for a long time. I highly recommend it.”

Sandy Jones-Boyd, Fannin County Library (Blue Ridge, GA)

“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 (WY)

“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 (Georgetown, CO)

“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 (St. Louis, MO)

“Hauntingly beautiful, written in a poetic style, I highly recommend The Bear.”

Judy Sebastian, Eastham Public Library and Friends of the Eastham Library (Eastham, MA)

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.

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