Bear by Julia Phillips

304 pages first pub 2024 (editions)

fiction literary dark emotional reflective slow-paced
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A mesmerizing novel of two sisters on a Pacific Northwest island whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor—a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods, by the celebrated, bestselling author of Disappearing Earth. The...

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Community Reviews Summary of 33 reviews


dark 78%
emotional 73%
reflective 52%
sad 52%
tense 52%
mysterious 42%
challenging 26%
adventurous 15%
hopeful 5%


medium 42%
slow 36%
fast 21%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 78% | A mix: 14% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 46% | Yes: 46% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 56% | No: 31% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 93% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

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