The Wood Wife

The Wood WifeLeaving Behind Her Fashionable West Coast Life, Maggie Black Comes To The Southwestern Desert To Pursue Her Passion And Her Dream 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 Astonish 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.

Terri Windling is an American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults Windling has won nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and her collection The Armless Maiden appeared on the short list for the James Tiptree, Jr Award She was also honored with SFWA s Soltice Award in 2010, a life achievement award for significant cont

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Wood Wife
  • Terri Windling
  • English
  • 19 May 2018
  • 9780765302939

10 thoughts on “The Wood Wife

  1. Book Riot Community says:

    This is one of those wonderful, contemporary mythic novels that blurs the boundaries between reality and folklore A writer inherits her favorite poet s home in the middle of nowhere Arizona after he dies under mysterious circumstances She discovers his wife s fantastical artwork in a secret room, but when the landscape starts mirroring the art, the lines between reality and art blur I lo...

  2. Sabrina says:

    I am very fond of this book, in part because I think it is one of the few urban fantasies that include artists and a description of their work that makes me want to see the artwork described I suspect it is because Windling is a painter as well as a writer, and she genuinely creates those works even if not materially I think she does this far better than de Lint, for example, who though I really, really like his stories and many of his novels peoples his writing with artists whose work I never find myself wanting, much less needing, to see.Perhaps it is a cultural thing Windling s elusive Ana is a bit of a combination between RL artists Remedios Varo and Ana Mendieta, and what we get of her story rings true of a certain generation of Latin American artists my mother among them who combined big city sophistication with the profoundly formative and undeniable indigenous and folk art visions of countries like Mexico and Guatemala I believe the other artists works too Tatiana s and Juan s and althoug...

  3. carol. says:

    Enjoyed it very much Mystical based urban fantasy, or rater, rural fantasy, as it largely takes place in a remote area of Arizona Although this book was enjoyable once I sat down and made some uninterrupted time for it, I found the writing occasionally sermonizing, such as when a character is making a point about wildlife being shot and poisoned under game laws, or bringing suburban housing values to rural settings It s not that I don t agree with those values I do it s that it seemed to interrupt the story flow I don t know, maybe it was appropriate in the guise of enlightening Maggie about the man made troubles the desert faced Aside from that, I savored a book that was clearly in love with artistic expression, chiefly painting, poetry and writing I wish I knew about some of the traditions that contextualize Anna s paintings, ...

  4. Susan says:

    Originally slated to be one of the four premier books in the Brian Froud s Faerielands series, when that was scrapped the two books that hadn t been released were published as stand alone fantasies and another cover artist was chosen When the book was such a success it was again given a new cover, but the reprint wasn t ne...

  5. Alisa says:

    Dreamers, cacti, wild pigs Poets and musicians This is the kind of book that I could have really enjoyed as a much younger person I think in my dreamy teens, it could easily have been my gospel I can feel that stuff about my Appalachian woods, so I can believe it of someone else s desert But now cynical old me, it just didn t catch me in my fur, it didn t drag me out onto that star spiral and take me away across time and the canyon sky Once upon a time I would have lived and dreamed myself into Maggie, probably even bought myself a black man s suit jacket, and imagined myself that kind of sexy I can imagine how I might have reacted, but it s all one step removed.BUT, I loved Thumper Thumper was ex...

  6. Juushika says:

    Poet Davis Cooper dies, leaving his home in the Tuscon mountains to Maggie Black, his friend and prot g As she explores his home and the mysteries of his life and death, she begins to suspect that the magic that fills Cooper s poems is not allegory but rather reflects the reality of the desert mountains Although well written and technically accomplished, exaggerated characters and a predictable plot render the book s magic flat The Wood Wife may satisfy some readers, but I found it disappointing and don t recommend it.Windling clearly knows her way around a piece of literature her characters are well defined almost to excess , every scene serves a purpose, the plot has a strong conclusion all in all, she knows what she wants to say, says it well, and The Wood Wife is technically accomplished But technical skill is only one part of a good book, and this novel lacks the other rather elusive factors which would make it a success It has no subtlety or passion The characters are excessively defined, and they too easily accept the magic of their mountain That magic is a thoughtful spi...

  7. Sean says:

    4.5 Terri Windling s urban adjacent fantasy set in the desert mountains outside Tucson, Arizona fuses several favorite themes of mine into a compelling whole The Rincon Mountains are a place where spirits watch over the land and humans may either live in peace or at odds with these timeless beings Here, the blurry line between mortal life and the spirit world wends itself through the characters lives in a beguiling, serpentine manner The natural world is all encompassing in its wild thriving existence so much deeper, wider, and longer than any mere human life But the poets and artists among us are those who hold the keys to connect and communicate with those others who walk unseen or simply unrecognized among us And it is at that nexus of true art where the novel s power lies Probably the less said about the particulars of the plot here the better, for there is a mystery at play, ...

  8. Kerrie says:

    I read this book once a year and get something new out of it each time For example, this past year I was pregnant became a new mother, so I was particularly drawn to the stories of Anna Naverra her paintings, like my poetry, being her children Ma...

  9. Katie says:

    This is good, but we just didn t connect all the way, me and this book It probably didn t help that I thought the ex husband was one of the most interesting characters I don t think I was supposed to think that.

  10. Suzanne says:

    I so wanted to rate this book highly, and I thought I would until I passed the half way point, and then, as others have said, it just fell apart Unfortunately, the characters are probably the weakest aspect of this book We are told who they are, not shown If the author has to tell you that her main character is special, then she probably isn t Maggie is distant, flat, contrived, smug, conceited, and pretentious The other characters are also two dimensional They all seem to be types rather than fully fleshed characters, and they all have at least one quirk that is meant to stand for character development Particularly off putting is the constant repetition about how much special, intuitive, and aware artists of all types are than the rest of us poor slobs That might not have been quite so irritating if the poetry presented as evidence of that particular insight had been than mediocre It was a mistake to include genuinely superb poetry by Neruda and others in the text it only made the author s work that much worse by comparison We don t see the paintings or hear the music, so we just have to take the author s word for it that it is...

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