Big Read: The Bear

Teens are welcome to join our book discussion of Andrew Krivak's The Bear, led by our Youth Services Librarian. 

About the book:

From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two human inhabitants, and a girl’s journey home

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen.

A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion.

About the Big Read program:

Hampstead Public Library is thrilled to announce that during September and October we will be participating in a grant sponsored statewide Big Read program featuring Andrew Krivak's The Bear. There will be book discussions and programs (including an event with the author in Concord) inspired by themes found in the book. Please see our calendar for full details. 

NEA Big Reads is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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