Contemporary mythic fiction for adult readers
Winner of the Mythopoeic Award
Selected for Modern Library's "Reader's List of 100 Best Novels"
"A splendid desert fantasy that flows with its own eerie logic -- arresting, evocative, and well-worked out." - Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
"A wonderful, elegant fantasy -- sensuous, fascinating, and eerily spiritual."
- Robert Holdstock
“This is a novel of muscle and tenderness, of sharp edges and great delights."
- Charles de Lint
"Some writers give us stories that are like keys to the door of our cage. They let us escape out of a world that is mostly mundane, often confusing and troubling, into worlds of light and beauty. Because of them, we learn to hope for a better world. Then there are writers who give us stories that are like looking glasses, through which we can see our world with fresh, strangely clear vision. Because of them, we learn to love the world we have more fiercely. In her fairy tale The Wood Wife, Terri Windling gives us a story that begins like a key, but turns into a looking glass in our hands." - The Green Man Review
"Windling is best known as the editor of some of the best fantasy and fantasy anthologies of the last few decades. She’s one of the most influential editors in the genre -- and still I wish she’d find more time for her own writing because this book is just marvelous." - Jo Walton
For more about The Wood Wife:
- Publisher's Page at Orb/Macmillan
- The Language of Stones: Terri Windling's The Wood Wife by Jo Walton (Tor.com)
- Terri Windling's The Wood Wife by Grey Walker (The Green Man Review)
- Question & Answer Session with Terri Windling on The Wood Wife (Goodreads)
- Interview with Terri Windling (ActuSF, France)
- Madness, Shapeshifting, and Art in Terri Windling's The Wood Wife by Niko Sylvester, with art by Brian Froud
(The Journal of Mythic Arts)
- The Spiral Path by herbalist & author Judith Berger (Medicine of the Forest)
The painting on the American edition of The Wood Wife is by Susan Seddon Boulet.
The painting on the English & French editions and the character sketches of Thumper and The Spine Witch are by Brian Froud.
Tor Books/Orb/Macmillan Publishers, US. Orbit/Little, Brown Book Group, UK. Les Moutons Electriques, France; translation by Stéphan Lambadaris.