The Bear ~ Claire Cameron

bearMiriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness says Claire Cameron’s novel The Bear is a “hauntingly beautiful novel about the unspoken bond between mothers and children.”

While camping with her family on a remote island, five year old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming.  A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite and taking her parents as prey.

At her desperate mother’s faint urging, Anna gets her brother into the family’s canoe and paddles away.  But when the canoe runs aground at the edge of the woods, Anna and her brother battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.  Lost and completely alone, their only hope resides in Anna’s struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

This is a novel will a small narrator and a big heart. Cameron gracefully plumbs Anna’s young perspective on family, responsibility, and hope, charting  both a tragically premature loss of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna reasons through the impossible situations that confront her.

Told in the innocent and honest voice of a five year old, The Bear is a transporting tale about love, courage, and the raw instincts that enable us to survive.

Claire Cameron is one of the authors attending this year’s Festival of the Written Arts in August.

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