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Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Julia Phillips for her latest novel Bear! Author Rachel Lyon will join Phillips in conversation. This event will take place on Monday, July 8 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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A mesmerizing novel of two sisters 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

An Oprah Daily, CNN, Publishers Weekly, and Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of the Year

“Thrilling and propulsive, glorious and terrifying. Julia Phillips is a brilliant writer.”—Ann Patchett

“Beautiful and haunting . . . this is brilliant.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

They were sisters and they would last past the end of time.

Sam and Elena dream of another life. On the island off the coast of Washington where they were born and raised, they and their mother struggle to survive. Sam works on the ferry that delivers wealthy mainlanders to their vacation homes while Elena bartends at the local golf club, but even together they can’t earn enough to get by, stirring their frustration about the limits that shape their existence.

Then one night on the boat, Sam spots a bear swimming the dark waters of the channel. Where is it going? What does it want? When the bear turns up by their home, Sam, terrified, is more convinced than ever that it’s time to leave the island. But Elena responds differently to the massive beast. Enchanted by its presence, she throws into doubt the desire to escape and puts their long-held dream in danger.

A story about the bonds of sisterhood and the mysteries of the animals that live among us—and within us—Bear is a propulsive, mythical, richly imagined novel from one of the most acclaimed young writers in America.


“Julia Phillips has my complete attention.”—Ann Patchett, author of Tom Lake

“There is something unsettling and uncanny about Julia Phillips’s wondrous second book, less a novel than a fairy tale for the strange times in which we live.”—Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

“Julia Phillips’s rare and marvelous new novel weaves fairy-tale magic into a story of sisterhood, daughterhood, care, and devotion. Building with quiet fury to its astonishing ending, Bear will capture your heart and mind. I read in a state of wonder.”—Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

“In prose of surpassing beauty, Julia Phillips collapses the boundaries between species, communities, and sisters. Bear is wondrous, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and humane. It is a perfect novel. I haven’t felt so moved by a work of fiction in ages.”—Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

“Intense, moody, fierce, and relentlessly suspenseful, Bear is a modern-day fairy tale about the tenacious bonds and complexities of sisterhood.”—Angie Kim, author of Happiness Falls


Julia Phillips is the bestselling author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize, and Fruit of the Dead. Her short work has appeared in publications such as One StoryThe Rumpus, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. A teacher of creative writing for various institutions, most recently Bennington College, and cofounder of two reading series—Ditmas Lit and the Dream Away Reading Series—Rachel lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two young children.

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