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by Marian Engel

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ISBN: 978-0-87923-667-0
Pages: 128
Size: 5" x 8"
Published: January 2003
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“A quietly sensual, feminist story.”—The New Yorker

Lou is a shy and secretive twenty-seven-year-old librarian living a lonely life in her dusty basement office. When she is summoned to a remote Canadian island to inventory the estate of the recently deceased Colonel Cary, she discovers the colonel had left a secret amongst his possessions: a bear.

Alone on the island, Lou sinks her fingers into the massive bear’s fur and is overcome by an obsessive passion—one that breaks an ancient taboo and one that could very well be deadly.

First published in 1976, Marian Engel’s Bear won the Canadian Governor General’s Award and quickly became one of the country’s most famous and controversial novels. Bear has retained its power to shock and unsettle, but also to move readers with its unexpected tale of a young woman’s journey to a deeper understanding of herself.


“Bear is a strange and wonderful book . . . shapely as a folktale, and with the same disturbing resonance.” —Margaret Atwood

“A surrealist story which draws you in slowly, with the fantasy of a Guillermo del Toro film and the grinning darkness of an Ottessa Moshfegh novel.” —Esquire

Marian Engel
Marian Engel was born in Toronto, Canada. Engel was educated at Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical School, Sarnia, Ontario, McMaster University (B.A. in Language Studies 1955) Hamilton, Ontario, McGill University (M.A. in Canadian Literature 1957) Montreal, Quebec and studied on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship at the Université d’Aix-Marseille (French Literature 1960-61), Aix-en Provence, France. At McGill University she wrote her Master’s thesis on the English Canadian novel, under the supervision of Hugh MacLennan. She taught briefly at The Study (1957–58) (Westmount, Montreal, QC), McGill University and University of Montana-Missoula (Missoula, Montana) and St. John’s School (Nicosia, Cyprus). Engel was writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta (1977–1978) and at the University of Toronto (1980–1982). Engel died of cancer in Toronto in 1985.