A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times best-selling author Edith Pattou.
Rose has always longed for adventure, so when an enormous white bear appears one evening and makes her a mysterious offer, she accepts. In exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family, she must live with the white bear in a distant castle. But Rose soon realizes that all isn’t as it seems. As she tries to settle into her new life, she makes a devastating mistake. Now she must choose: return to her safe and loving family or go on a dangerous quest to fix what she has broken—and perhaps lose her heart along the way. A sweeping romantic epic as timeless as any fairy tale and thrilling as only the best fantasy novels can be.
Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou's (Hero's Song) lushly rendered retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon." In an old Norwegian village, a highly superstitious mother tries to protect her youngest child, Rose, from a dire prophecy; as the various characters take turns narrating the story, it is readily apparent that no one else takes the superstitions seriously. Nevertheless, Rose is "different" in many ways, from her purple eyes to her passion for weaving, which leads her to make a cloak patterned with a "wind rose" (a mapmaker's symbol indicating the direction of the winds)She also seems to attract the attention of a white bear, and when the bear finally approaches her, offering to make her poor family prosper and to restore her ill sister's health if Rose will come away with him, she finds the offer impossible to resist. Pattou unfolds her story slowly and carefully, luring readers across many miles with the brave and determined Rose. Handsomely evoking a landscape filled with castles, trolls, shamans and spellbound princes, the story will exercise its audience's imagination. Ages 12-up.
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Every page I read made me more engaged. I finished it in just five days and all my friends were shocked that I read three hundred pages of in it just a day. I cannot wait to get west and read it and learn what happens to rose and Charles.
I read this book for the first time when I was just a middle schooler. I was young and loved reading, it was my escape. I don’t know why but the title stood out to me. I looked at it and put it back. I went back to the library the next day and checked it out after not being able to stop thinking about it.
Once I began reading I couldn’t put the book down. I remember reading it at the table as I ate dinner, between assignments in class, in the hall between bells, especially before bed. It stayed with me everywhere. I related to Rose, Charles, and Neddy in ways that I couldn’t explain. A part of me was attached so heavily to this book and it has been part of me since I made my first pass through it.
I began re-reading the book as often as possible. The library stopped asking me to return it and just assumed I’d bring it back before the end of the year each year. I bought the digital version about 2-3 years ago, I’m an adult now and have read it maybe twice since. Shame that I don’t get more time to read but, as is life.
Now, however— I read it to my infant son. A fairytale to remind him that life can be an adventure, scary, and if you work hard and are very brave... extremely rewarding and fulfilling.
You have no idea what this book has meant to me. I have loved many books but when someone asks what my favorite book is... even after all these years I still say “East”. Following it up with “The Hobbit, also.” I’m a huge Tolkien fan as well, but that’s besides the point.
Thank you for a lifetime of joy and for giving me something I adore to share with my son that he can hold dear as our fairy-tale of Rose, from far distant lands chasing her White Bear.
I love this story in all its forms and East does not disappoint! Beautifully written and incredibly engaging, it’s the kind of book you lose track of time in. Just amazing!