The Hunter and the Wild Girl

The Hunter and the Wild Girl

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A feral girl roams the dense forests of nineteenth-century France, stealing food from remote farmyards and avoiding human contact. She is chased by suspicious townspeople to the edge of a deep gorge, where she jumps and disappears, vanishing into village legend. On the other side of the gorge, in an abandoned estate, Peyre Rouff lives out a self-imposed exile, following a horrific hunting accident. When Peyre encounters the wild girl, they find a link in their mutual estrangement from conventional society. The two achieve an easy coexistence. But the careful patterns of the life Peyre has made for himself begin to unravel, and when the wider world learns of the girl's presence at the estate, Peyre is forced to confront not only his choices and their consequences, but society itself.
Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane, ©2015
ISBN: 9780864928627
Branch Call Number: HOLDSTO
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 05, 2015

Exquisite prose, finely drawn characters, deftly woven plot. Deserves to be listed among the best published works of 2015. One wonders why Holdstock is so often on the lists of major literary prizes but seldom the winner.

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