The Wood Wife

The Wood Wife

Book - 1996
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Maggie Black leaves behind her fashionable West Coast life to pursue her passion and dreams in the Southwestern desert, reading the secrets of her late mentor, the acclaimed poet Dennis Cooper, and learning about the desert's wild, ancient secrets. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
Leaving behind her fashionable West Coast life, Maggie Black comes to the Southwestern desert to pursue her passion and he dreams. Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life--and death.

Maggie is astonished by the power of this harsh but beautiful land and captivated by the uncommon people who call it home--especially Fox, a man unlike any she has ever known, who understands the desert's special power.

As she reads cooper's letters and learns the secrets of his life, Maggie comes face-to-face with the wild, ancient spirits of the desert--and discovers the hidden power at its heart, a power that will take her on a journey like no other.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1996
ISBN: 9780812549294
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Aug 18, 2013

This book is dark, beautiful, mysterious, and intelligent. Sometimes when I read fantasy fiction I find that the author relies heavily on the fact that it's fantasy fiction and uses it as a crutch, letting the quality of the writing slide. Not so in Windling's case. I have never read anything of hers before, so this was a first for me. The characters are well-developed and the storyline offers enough information on each of them to be engaged with their roles without being bored in the process. I am an artist and a writer, and this book appealed immensely to my poetic side. I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a darker side of fantasy, while being rooted in the present.

Apr 12, 2011

Every description of this book would suggest to me that I would not like it. Urban fantasy, Arizona desert locale, shapeshifters... I am happy to say that this is a literate book, steeped in myth, art, poetry, and spirituality. The characters are interesting enough but their musings about the nature of land, animal, plant and spirit open gateways to thoughts surreal or alternative. There is a plot, but if you don't enjoy the journey, you won't be satisfied with the destination.

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