Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307595110
ISBN - 13: 9780307595119
About the Book
A whole new world--modern, sleek, high-tech, and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history--the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and re-invented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create it.
Read from the Book
I Reuben was a tall man, well over six feet, with brown curly hair and deep-set blue eyes. “Sunshine Boy” was his nickname and he hated it; so he tended to repress what the world called an irresistible smile. But he was a little too happy right now to put on his studious expression, and try to look older than his twenty-three years. He was walking up a steep hill in the fierce ocean wind with an exotic and elegant older woman named Marchent Nideck and he really loved all she was saying about the big house on the cliff. She was lean with a narrow beautifully sculpted face, and that kind of yellow hair that never fades. She wore it straight back from her forehead in a soft wavy swinging bob that curled under just above her shoulders. He loved the picture she made in her long brown knit dress and high polished brown boots. He was doing a story for the San Francisco Observer on the giant house and her hopes of selling it now that the estate had at last been settled, and her great-uncle Felix Nideck had been declared officially dead. The man had been gone for twenty years, but his will had only just been opened, and the house had been left to Marchent, his niece. They’d been walking the forested slopes of the property since Reuben arrived, visiting a ramshackle old guesthouse and the ruin of a barn. They’d followed old roads and old paths lost in the brush, and now and then come out on a rocky ledge above the cold iron-colored Pacific, o
From the Publisher
A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire
Chronicles ("unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable"-The
Washington Post), Lives of the Mayfair Witches ("Anne
Rice will live on through the ages of literature"-San Francisco
Chronicle), and the angels of The Songs of the
Seraphim ("remarkable"-Associated Press). A whole new
world-modern, sleek, high-tech-and at its center, a story as old
and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and
reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer
extraordinaire of other realms, could create.
The time is the present.
The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high
above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing
history set against a towering redwood forest.
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco
Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her
magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and
that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter
between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night-shattered by
horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably
attacked-bitten-by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . .
. A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive
transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and
horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what
he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his
wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity
for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is
desperately hunted as "the Man Wolf" by authorities, the media, and
scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence)
. . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that
propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why
and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the
curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound
realization that there may be others like him who are
watching-guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who
possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it
all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm
of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to
come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.
About the Author
Anne Rice is the author of thirty-one books. She
lives in Palm Desert, California.
“ The Wolf Gift is vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic…metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.” —Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal “Anne Rice has done it again. In her latest novel, The Wolf Gift , the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting ‘were-wolf’ lore and in the end succeeds magnificently.” —Nola Cancel, Examiner “[Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author’s distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!” —Bette Lee Fox, Library Journal (starred) “I want to howl at the moon over this…I devoured these pages…[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice’s style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe “Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn” —Kristine Hu