“Don’t we all, secretly, want to transform? To be a bird in the sky, a fish in the river, a fox in the woods?”
Sharman Apt Russell, author and winner of 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing asks us this question as he describes a beautiful new book from Marta Maretich that was published this week. We are delighted to introduce The Bear Suit, “a wonderful and engaging story about being in nature and the wilds of the American West.”
In her extraordinary way, the author of The Merchants of Light and The Possibility of Lions gives new readers a story about transformation, redemption, and release. Rollo, a young man living in his mother’s house, is tired of humans. His dream is to escape to the Sierra Nevada mountains where he can live alone and be free of people. There’s just one problem with the scheme: Rollo’s very human, very hungry stomach. No matter how much food he carries in his backpack, Rollo eventually has to come back to the “messed-up, man-made world” or starve.
Then Rollo finds a dusty old bear suit in a costume shop. He’s got a plan! But what seems like the perfect solution at first will bring unexpected results and change Rollo’s life forever.
And you may have guessed, there is a story beneath the story. This is Ovid. This is Metamorphoses. Marta gives new readers their first look at the classics…and the transformation that humans have dreamed for centuries.
An innovative program of original works by some of our most beloved modern writers, originally designed in Ireland to promote adult literacy. These fresh stories showcase new writing from both best-selling authors and emerging voices.
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