StoryGraph Saturday: The Wood Wife

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you, Dear Reader, in case you might find it interesting, too.


The Wood Wife
by Terri Windling
Fantasy
320 pages
First published in 1996

From The StoryGraph:

Leaving behind her fashionable West Coast life, Maggie Black comes to the Southwestern desert to pursue her passion and her dream. Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life–and death.

Maggie is astonished by the power of this harsh but beautiful land and captivated by the uncommon people who call it home–especially Fox, a man unlike any she has ever known, who understands the desert’s special power.

As she reads Cooper’s letters and learns the secrets of his life, Maggie comes face-to-face with the wild, ancient spirits of the desert–and discovers the hidden power at its heart, a power that will take her on a journey like no other.


I’ve been meaning to read more backlist books by female science fiction and fantasy authors, because there are so many great books that are generally overlooked by the community in favor of new releases. Windling is a prolific author, and I don’t think I’ve read any of her books. I need to correct this oversight, and soon.

2 thoughts on “StoryGraph Saturday: The Wood Wife

  1. I don’t think I’ve read any of Windling’s books, either, though I know the name. Based on the setting I’d give this one a try, having lived in Arizona and visited Tucson many times. It’s such a beautiful area. I just checked my bookshelves and actually found a hardcover copy of it, so I pulled it out to put it in the stack of books I’d like to read sooner. Thanks for reawakening me to this one. 🙂

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