Louisa Meets Bear: Stories

Louisa Meets Bear: Stories

by Lisa Gornick
Louisa Meets Bear: Stories

Louisa Meets Bear: Stories

by Lisa Gornick


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When Louisa and Bear meet at Princeton in 1975, sparks fly. Louisa is the sexually adventurous daughter of a geneticist, Bear the volatile son of a plumber. They dive headfirst into a passionate affair that will alter the course of their lives, changing how they define themselves in the years and relationships that follow. Lisa Gornick's Louisa Meets Bear is a gripping novel in interconnected stories from an author whose work "starts off like a brush fire and then engulfs and burns with fury" (The Huffington Post).

Reading Louisa Meets Bear is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, as we uncover the subtle and startling connections between new characters and the star-crossed lovers. We meet a daughter who stabs her mother when she learns the truth about her father, a wife who sees herself clearly after finding a man dead on her office floor, a mother who discovers a girl in her teenage son's bed. Each character is striking, each rendered with Gornick's trademark sympathy and psychological acuity. We follow them over the course of a half century, from San Francisco to New York City and from Guatemala to Venice, through pregnancies, tragedies, and revelations, until we return to Louisa and Bear.

With flawed and deeply human characters, and piercing insight into the lives of women, Louisa Meets Bear grapples with whether we can—or can't—choose how and whom we love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250094704
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Lisa Gornick is the author of the novels Tinderbox and A Private Sorcery. Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and Slate, and have received many honors, including Distinguished Story in the Best American Short Stories anthology. She holds a B.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale, and is a graduate of the writing program at New York University as well as the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Table of Contents


Instructions to Participant / 3

Louisa Meets Bear / 37

Lion Eats Cheetah Eats Weasel Eats Mouse / 91

Misto / 111
Priest Pond / 145
Raya in Rapahu / 182

Parachute / 215

Conchita / 241

Barberini Princess / 257

Nate in Bed / 287

Acknowledgments / 305

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