A five-year-old girl, her two-year-old brother, and a big black dog that isn’t a dog.
The Bear, by Claire Cameron, is a haunting journey through the woods. This first person narrative is told through the perspective of a five-year-old girl. The choppy language and rambling sentences pull the reader into the child’s view but also acts as an effective veil when the main character, Anna, comes across scenes her mind is still too young to process.
The bulk of the story takes place on a remote island where Anna and her family are camping. She is woken in the middle of the night by screaming. Sleepy and confused, Anna thinks her father is angry when he hides her and her younger brother, “Stick,” inside a cooler. Though there’s actually a bear attacking her family, she mistakes it for a big black dog with really bad breath. When the crunching noises subside, Anna escapes from the cooler and finds her mother.
At her dying mother’s urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family’s canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.
~Excerpt from the official Amazon blurb
If you’re searching for a unique and powerful novel about family and the will to survive, this is the book for you.
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Ditrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.
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