I really loved this book. I couldn't even put it down to make a cheese sauce I was so entranced :)
'The Wood Wife' was inspired by the artwork of Brian Froud who's work I really enjoy. I did not know this when I chose this book back in January!
The plot centres around journalist and poet, Maggie Black. Maggie has been corresponding with poet, Davis Cooper for several years and inherits his property in a remote area outside of Tucson, Arizona, after he dies in mysterious circumstances. We follow Maggie as she gets to know the mountains and its mysteries.
There are several layers to the book and I will probably read it again at some point. The things that stuck out for me were 'relationship to land' (the author has lived in both Tucson, Arizona and Devon which is reflected in the novel), land and environment influencing art, and the arts influencing more art. This made it a great choice for the Artful Readers Club although again, I didn't know that when I chose it!
It was a quick and enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it, particularly to those who enjoy magical fiction.
For my artwork, I chose to draw one of the animal characters, whom Maggie names as 'Thumper'. I added a border of Mesquite leaves to reflect the trees in Maggie's environment and Oak leaves to reflect the influence of Dartmoor, Devon and my own environment, Somerset.