Synopses & Reviews
The stories collected in Bear and His Daughter span nearly thirty years 1969 to the present and they explore, acutely and powerfully, the humanity that unites us. In "Miserere," a widowed librarian with an unspeakable secret undertakes an unusual and grisly role in the anti-abortion crusade. "Under the Pitons" is the harrowing story of a reluctant participant in a drug-running scheme and the grim and unexpected consequences of his involvement. The title story is a riveting account of the tangled lines that weave together the relationship of a father and his grown daughter.
"Expressed in clean and lucid prose, these short fictions searingly capture the way private pain may become a prison from which a person can spend a lifetime trying to escape." Publishers Weekly
"[T]he stories are masterful, electric with a terrible beauty and crushing truths." Booklist
"For dramatic immediacy and emotional power, Stone has few contemporary peers, and no superiors: altogether, an impressive debut collection..." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert Stone is the author of six previous novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, and Damascus Gate. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.