The Wood Wife

The Wood Wife

Book - 1996
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When poet Davis Cooper dies mysteriously, leaving his Tucson home to her, Maggie Black leaves her comfortable, secure life in California and begins a journey of spiritual self-discovery in the Arizona desert

Blackwell North Amer
The Wood Wife is the story of Maggie Black, who walked out of her life as the wife of a trendy West Coast musician to pursue her dreams. When Maggie's mentor, prize-winning poet Davis Cooper, died mysteriously in the canyons east of Tucson, he left her his estate, and the mystery of his life - and death.
Now, in Cooper's desert home, Maggie begins a remarkable journey of self-discovery that will change her forever. She is astonished by the power of that harsh but beautiful land and intrigued by the uncommon people who call it home - especially by Fox, a man unlike any she has ever known, who understands the desert's special power.
As she reads the letters and papers left behind by Cooper and his lover, Anna Naverra - a gifted painter driven mad by the visions she saw - Maggie will come face-to-face with the wild, ancient spirits of that place and undertake a quest to discover their dark, long-hidden secrets.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312859886
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 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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