HQ76 .O26 1984

Libraries, Librarians, Toronto, Books & Gay Stuff

Engel, Marian. Bear. 1st American ed. New York: Atheneum, 1976. 
“A daring and compelling novel, Marian Engel’s Bear won the Governor General’s Award for 1976.”
Summary:
After five years buried like a mole amid the decaying maps and manuscripts of an historical institute, Lou is given a welcome field assignment: to catalogue a nineteenth-century library, improbably located in an octagonal house on a remote island in northern Ontario. Eager to reconstruct the estate’s curious history, she is unprepared for her discovery that the island has one other inhabitant: a bear.Lou’s imagination is soon overtaken by the estate’s historical occupants, whose fascination with bear lore becomes her own. Irresistibly, Lou is led along a path of emotional and sexual self-discovery, as she explores the limits of her own animal nature through her bizarre and healing relationship with the bear. 
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