The Hunter and the Old Woman (Paperback)

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"The Old Woman is the star of this book.  She is a legendary cougar and the people in the nearby town tell many stories about her.  The author embodies the cougar so well, I feel like she crawled inside and experienced her life through her eyes.  The Hunter is a young man obsessed with hunting and killing her.   If you like nature documentaries/stories in all their grisly, gory details, you will love this novel about the life of a cougar."--Reviewed by Percy

August 2021 Indie Next List

“In this eerily beautiful tale of nature and humanity, we follow Cougar from birth to death, while the man hunting Cougar is drawn in by the echoing call of the forest and the stories told by the men of his town.”
— Lily Hunter, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO


The intertwined story of a cougar and a man that portrays the strength, vulnerability, and consciousness of two top predators. Not since Life of Pi have we encountered such transcendence or walked so fully in the footsteps of a big cat.

The "Old Woman" lives in the wild, searching for food, raising her cubs, and avoiding the two-legged creatures who come into her territory. But she is more than an animal -- she is a mythic creature who haunts the lives and the dreams of men. Joseph Brandt has been captivated by the mountain lion's legend since childhood, and one day he steps into the forest to seek her out. A classic in the making, The Hunter and the Old Woman is a mesmerizing portrait of two animals united by a shared destiny.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781487008253
ISBN-10: 1487008252
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021
Pages: 440
Language: English