16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
GREAT BOOK -- READ IT !!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Wood Wife (Paperback)
This is a great book. Set in the modern American West but it has some great British characters too and the whole plot revolves around a murdered poet from Dartmoor. Filled with mythology, art, environmentalism, music, poetry, beautiful descriptions of landscapes and the myths of the land. If you like magical realist fiction like Robert Holdstock (MYTHAGO WOOD) and Alice Hoffman (PRACTICAL MAGIC) or modern western fiction like Barbara Kingsolver (PIGS IN HEAVEN)you will probably love this book too. The author lives in both America and England and the book has a lovely international flavour. I never knew America has so much mythology of its own before reading this book or so many beautiful wild landscapes. THE WOOD WIFE made me want to go to the Arizona desert and see it all for myself. I've never been drawn to deserts but Terri Windling makes desert mountains and canyons seem as mythic as old English woods. I loved all the Red Indian lore too and how it's mixed in together with Celtic lore, showing that stories and myths are really the same the world over and all come from the human heart no matter what the skin colour.
Warning: it's hard to find this book here in the U.K. even though it has won awards and now she has a new big book with Brian Froud. Somebody please tellthe U.K. publisher to get it back in stock!!!! I read a borrowed copy but now I want one of my own. This is the kind of book you read and then want to hand out to ten friends. I can't wait to read her next one.