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Daughter of the Bear King
Not your everyday fantasy, Daughter of the Bear King clearly arises from Second Wave Feminism. A middle-aged woman suddenly discovers that she has a role in an epic struggle between shoddiness and integrity. And her battle flows across time and universes. On a Monday morning, Esperance Olson is suddenly transported to another world where dragons fly and wizards divulge her ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Avon Books
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Weird, weird, extremely post-modern and extremely distanced novel about a middle-aged Minneapolis housewife who has surreal adventures in a fantasy world in which she can transform into a bear. By "distanced," I mean that the author constantly intrudes to point out to us that she's making all of this up, and also that everything is related as if at arm's length. I stalled out two-thirds in, and it was a slog up until that point. Some lovely description, though.
Eleanor Atwood Arnason (born 1942) is an American author of science fiction novels and short stories. From 1949 to 1961, Arnason and her parents lived in "Idea House #2," a futuristic dwelling built by the Walker Art Center. Arnason's earliest published story appeared in New Worlds in 1972. Her work often depicts cultural change and conflict, usually from the viewpoint of characters who cannot or ...moreMore about Eleanor Arnason...