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We know, we know. You're on the edge of your seat for this week's staff pick. Well, here it is! This week, a review of Marian Engel's "Bear," from Matthew!

"Bear"
By Marian Engels

"Lou is a young librarian commissioned with inventorying an old colonel's estate. Upon her arrival at the family's island, she's prepared for a quiet summer, perhaps unearthing family secrets. She's not prepared for a bear. In the shed & on a leash, but that doesn't last long as Lou develops a connection, first with "it," then "him." And then, her own leash loosens. Everyone tells you "Bear" is that controversial 1976 Canadian novel with bestiality. What surprised me was how many other things it's about. How someone learns to love solitude, as something different from loneliness. How to love yourself, tenderly, after being taught (or forced to learn) love as an aggressive force. It's also about legacies, and settler colonialism, and deploys irony to explore it in the most fascinating ways. It's very funny, too within its 122 pages. And in its short time, it never renders any easy metaphor about the wilderness, which is brilliant."

- Matthew
 
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