Character Study: Peyre, from The Hunter and the Wild Girl

March 10, 2016

A sometimes-drunk, always alone hunter-cum-steward is the focus of today's Character Study: the hermit and taxidermy enthusiast with a dark past, Peyre Rouff of Pauline Holdstock's latest,  The Hunter and the Wild Girl (Goose Lane Editions).

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In Character Study, we'll take a deeper look at one character from a book or series. Get to know the character--what they like, what they do, and, more importantly, what they read. If you like them, spend a little more time getting to know them by reading the book!

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Peyre Rouff, this novel's eponymous hunter, lost his "hunter's spirit" 13 years before the events of Pauline Holdstock's  The Hunter and the Wild Girl (Goose Lane Editions), in a tragic accident. Peyre lives alone, accompanied only by his old, trustworthy dog Berzélius, in the Chateau he stewards for an absentee owner in Languedoc, France. Considered a bit of a madman by the populace, Peyre whiles away his days building elaborate, detailed taxidermy specimens for display in a side-building on the estate, including an otherworldly winged hare that he grants a special home in the library – that is, when he doesn't remember his past and try to drink himself into oblivion.

Now confronted with the care of a feral girl discovered on the fringes of the Chateau's property, Peyre's also forced to contend with the villagers he's been self-isolated from for over a decade, as well as the ramifications of his tragedy as the girl brings him back – amidst the sea of taxidermied animals he's used to shield himself from memory – to something resembling life.

But how will it end? Check out Pauline Holdstock's  The Hunter and the Wild Girl, available now.

 

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Thanks to Kathleen at Goose Lane for getting us in touch with this fantastic novel.


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