A Bear Tale

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
A bear, a 25-year-old nursing student and her dog, and one autumn week that changes a small rural community in the Pacific Northwest. This novella is about love and death and a bear trap full of doughnuts. Diana O'Neil is the fierce heroine who wants to fall in love, but is trapped herself.
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About Christi Killien

Christi Killien's fiction publication includes six children's and young adults novels with Houghton Mifflin and Scholastic. Her nonfiction publication includes numerous essays and the book WRITING IN A NEW CONVERTIBLE WITH THE TOP DOWN, co-authored with Sheila Bender and published by Warner and Blue Heron. Christi lives in Olalla, Washington with her husband.

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Review by: S. R. Cronin on Oct. 2, 2012 :
A delightful story about the clash between civilized expectations and the wild in each of us. I particularly liked getting bits of the various animal's points of view, and the author's obvious familiarity with the part of the country that she describes. Although told with a sparse poet's touch, this tale leaves room for wry observations about love, life and road repair. It's not a story without sorrow, but in the end it offers a hopeful message about the places where humans and the rest of the world meet.
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Review by: Brian Rush on June 24, 2012 :
This novella is full of very human characters, many of them not human. Diana, the MC, comes across initially as a somewhat shallow young woman almost exclusively focused on getting a guy, but we come to understand her better through her relationship with her dog and a bear and find that she is a very earthy and instinctive person, tied in to nature without consciously acknowledging it, full of intuitive depths that she doesn't articulate but that show up strongly in her actions. Along the way, issues of humanity's relationship with the wilderness and wild animals emerge in a sharply-defined way, as they do when fear is a part of the picture.

The story can be a little slow going in, but as it unfolds along with our understanding of Diana, it becomes clear it couldn't be told another way.
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