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The Wood Wife (The Fairy Tale Series)
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The Wood Wife (The Fairy Tale Series)

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by Terri Windling

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Leaving 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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that draws me back to its pages again and again. The emotional impact of the story and the beauty of language never dull for me. Each time I succumb to the siren's call, I find myself getting lost in it's magic all over again. The Wood Wife is not just a book. It becomes part of your life and pops into your consciousness at odd moments. It's not just a must read..it's a must have.
SpyrZm More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, engaging story. I wish I could read it again for the first time, but it still has its magic after several re-readings.
NancyLee1and2 More than 1 year ago
I think Anonymous of March 13, 2006 reviewer worded so well. I couldn't have said it Any better. Loved the book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Arizona desert, award-winning, gin-pickled English poet Davis Cooper drowns in a dry gully. He leaves his house near Tucson and his papers to tyro poet Maggie Black though they never met, but clicked through correspondence. Maggie leaves California and her talented musician husband to move into her new home.

Maggie finds stanzas from unpublished poems and a gallery of paintings left by Cooper's lover, Anna Navarra. The paintings frighten and enchant her. Maggie learns from the natives that an unseen world of magic hides in plain sight of this mundane realm. Obsessing with a need to better appreciate Cooper and Navarra, Maggie begins digging deep inside her soul. The journey is mysterious and strange as she ventures beyond the time-space continuum into a magical orb where she will begin to comprehend how Cooper died among other enigmas.

THE WOOD WIFE is an engaging fantasy that targets high school age readers, but will be fully enjoyed by the older genre fans as well. The story line beautifully yet seemingly effortlessly blends harsh realism of a remote part of the southwest with that of a reverie realm. Readers join the heroine on her journey of self discovery while exploring along side Maggie the magic endlessness of the unseen world seen through the heart. Terri Windling provides a triumphal tale that the audience will appreciate.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was in the Brian Froud series, which I am quite interested in. The book was fantasy-dipped in all sorts of magical creatures coming to life from Anna's paintings and Cooper's poems, but at the same time as penetratingly real as the desert's sun. I loved the way the story twisted and turned and sometimes even bended all the way backwards but yet still was easy to follow and very capturing. The characters in the story are most unusal and complete the story perfectly. The story captures every emotion. I especially liked how it included some of Cooper's poems. I almost thought he was real. Is he? :) He could be, who knows. The point: I couldn't put it down!