“This gem of a novel is one part fairy tale, one part international thriller, and all-parts engrossing family drama. . . . Pollen’s lyrical and often witty prose makes this a stirring tale of loss and self-discovery.” More
Best-selling author Bella Pollen’s newest novelan imaginative family drama in which a young boy believes an escaped bear may hold the key to his father’s sudden deathreceived stellar reviews in hardcover and was chosen as a Richard & Judy Book Club title.
In 1980 Germany
, Cold War tensions are once again escalating and a mole is suspected in the British Embassy. So when the clever diplomat Nicky Fleming dies suddenly and suspiciously, it’s convenient to brand him as the traitor. But was his death an accident, murder, or suicide? As the government digs into Nicky’s history, his wife, Letty, relocates with their three children to a remote Scottish island, hoping to salvage what remains of the family. But the isolated coasts of her childhood retreat only serve to heighten their distance from each other, and it is Letty’s brilliant and peculiar youngest child, Jamie, who alone manages to hold on to the one thing he’s sure of: his father has promised to return and he was a man who never broke a promise.
When Jamie sets off to explore the island with his teenaged sisters, they discover that a tamed grizzly bear has been marooned on shore and is hiding somewhere among the seaside caves. Jamie soon becomes convinced that the bear has a strange connection to his father, and as he grows determined to find the truth, his father’s story begins revealing itself in unexpected ways.