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Katherine Arden

Autor(a) de The Bear and the Nightingale

11+ Works 9,904 Membros 605 Críticas 10 Favorited

About the Author

Katherine Arden is an American writer, born in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2011 with degrees in French and Russian. Before becoming a writer, she worked on a farm in Hawaii and as a teaching assistant at a boarding school in the French Alps. Her first book was published mostrar mais in 2017, The Bear and the Nightingale. Her other books include The Girl in the Tower, The Winter of the Witch, and Small Spaces. mostrar menos

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Obras por Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) 4,996 exemplares
The Girl in the Tower (2017) 1,921 exemplares
The Winter of the Witch (2019) 1,529 exemplares
Small Spaces (2018) — Autor — 693 exemplares
Dead Voices (2019) — Autor — 409 exemplares
Dark Waters (2021) 152 exemplares
The Warm Hands of Ghosts (2024) 114 exemplares
Empty Smiles (2022) 69 exemplares
Winternight Trilogy (2019) 13 exemplares

Associated Works

Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Burdine, Katherine Arden
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Austin, Texas, USA
Locais de residência
Moscow, Russia
Vermont, USA
French Alps
Middlebury College
teaching assistant
Paul Lucas

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Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France.

Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature.

After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale.



Good and creepy. This one is a perfect read for autumn. Watch out for scarecrows!
cmbohn | 49 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2024 |
Katherine Arden had me hooked right away with this story of World War I nurse Laura Iven and her brother. Growing up in Halifax, their mother was very religious and made sure they knew the end would come at some point. Like most kids, they didn’t pay much attention to her until the Great War came to their doorstep.

Laura trained to become a nurse and when the war began, she was a field nurse in an area that was bombed. Suffering severe injuries, she was discharged and sent back home to Halifax. Laura’s brother Freddie had enlisted and was fighting in Flanders. During this time a tragic accident happened in Halifax, killing their parents, thus leaving Laura with no home and family in Halifax.

Laura is taken in by some elderly women and is working at a local hospital when she receives a package containing some of Freddie’s possessions. It is believed he is dead, but things just didn’t make sense. It just so happens the women Laura lives with like to hold seances and one night as they are having a seance for a woman, they get a message about Freddie being alive.

With no family left, Laura becomes determined to find out the truth, so she goes back to the trenches as a volunteer in Belgium, hoping to find Freddie or at least discover what happened to him. Her journey had me riveted, from the dangers of war to the evil spirits that lurked about.

Katherine Arden wove a tale of suspense, a bit of thriller and a bit of romance as she relates the horrors of the Great War and those who served.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Del Ray Publishing for allowing me to read an advance copy. I am happy to recommend this book to readers and to give my honest review.
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tamidale | 7 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2024 |
Historical fiction about battlefield nurses and soldiers in the trenches in WWI, illness and disaster at home and loss and deprivation abroad. A ghost story, a fantasy, a haunting exploration of families and grief. I really feel the limits of my own abilities of expression, trying to tell you how excellent this book is, or to even provide a basic description that satisfies me. I can say "allegorically fantastical, visceral WWI historical fiction," and sure, that's factual—but it's so wildly insufficient. The book is superb.… (mais)
bibliovermis | 7 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2024 |
The Warm Hands of Ghosts, by Katherine Arden, is not just a ghost story. True, it is replete with evil, unearthly (and earthly) malice, blood, creepy old buildings, darkness and death wrapped in mystery. Ghosts are a recurring motif, as are deadly flowers, noxious gas, nasty weather and explosions. Symbols of the soul and death abound. All of the requisites for a good old-fashioned ghost story are there, but Arden uses them primarily for their background spookiness while setting her main focus on a malevolent, unrestrained evil that feeds off of human desires.

The plot, set in a most cataclysmic period in human history, the First World War, braids together the narratives of two main characters - Laura Ivens, a Croix de Guerre awardee for her extreme bravery while in service as a nurse in the war, now home in Halifax after being wounded, and her brother Freddie, an artist, now soldiering on the front lines in Belgium. As happened during the American Civil War, there is a surge of interest in the supernatural; soldiers openly discuss their encounters with ghosts of their fallen comrades; in North America and Europe séances and psychic mediums are highly sought after. Whether these experiences are PTSD hallucinations, are actually real, are merely entertainments, or are the chicanery of swindlers is unclear, but in actual fact, in 1897 there were over 8 million spiritualism followers in the U. S. and Europe.

Arden uses this ambiguous reality of ghosts to build mystery throughout the story, both in the readers' minds and in pragmatic, non-believer Laura's. Another, more organic mystery develops when Freddie stops responding to Laura's letters and a box of his belongings is delivered to Laura, but with no accompanying telegram about his demise. When an accidentally overheard séance involves a spirit who avers that Freddie is alive, Laura decides that she must return to the war and find him.

Thus begins a well-researched and carefully plotted tale of the supernatural. Arden very deftly juggles two different timelines, one for Laura and one for Freddie, building suspense as to when or if they will ever meet, while also painting layer after layer of the horrors of war and its effects on humans, to the point where sanity and madness are indistinguishable and evil is so omnipresent that it may come to be perceived as pleasant and desirable.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't emerge unscathed from the enormous undertaking Arden set for herself. When the plot gets moving and the confrontation with evil begins, the reader does experience pity for the very real plight of the characters, but because the over-long story lines are split between two different characters and their experiences at two different times, identification with either one, necessary to develop the fear essential to a ghost story, is limited. The reader's focus becomes the plot and the mystery between reality and hallucination, not the development and change within the character. This, in turn, diminishes the catharsis the dramatic tension of a ghost story demands from the reader. The Warm Hands of Ghosts is a story well worth reading, but with some grit on the part of the reader to persevere. The importance of the themes makes it worthwhile.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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TempleCat | 7 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |


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