The Bear Wife – Catherine George

The bear wife took the cub to mommy and me yoga. She didn’t look much like a bear without her fur, but somehow the other mothers seemed to sense it; when she came in carrying the cub they shifted away, drifting on their yoga mats closer to the windows, to each other. She was left alone in the middle like a stone dropped into a lake, each woman a wave rippling outward. In tree pose she …

A question for Catherine George

Q: What would your characters say about you?

A: I like to think that Sara, the bear wife, would want to be part of my parent friend group, but I suspect she would tease me for my city-bred ways and middling outdoor survival skills. (Like Aaron, her husband, I enjoy trail running, but unlike him I’ve never seen a grizzly while running – just black bears.) She would probably also note that I’m really, really bad at yoga, whether with a baby or without.


Catherine George’s story “The Bear Wife
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 February 2019.
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About Catherine George

Catherine is a lawyer living in Vancouver, BC with her partner and two young children. She began writing again after more than a decade off during the maternity leave for her second child, and now writes all types of speculative short fiction.

cgfiction.com, @catinlaw


Catherine George’s story “The Bear Wife
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 February 2019.
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