The Wife's Story

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"The Wife's Story"
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Published inThe Compass Rose
Publication typeAnthology
PublisherPendragon Press
Media typeHardback
Publication date1982
Preceded by"Jake"
Followed by"Julian"
 
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"The Wife's Story"
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Published inThe Compass Rose
Publication typeAnthology
PublisherPendragon Press
Media typeHardback
Publication date1982
Preceded by"Jake"
Followed by"Julian"

"The Wife's Story" is a short story found in Ursula K. Le Guin's 1982 collection The Compass Rose. It describes a wife's retrospective of what she should have seen in her husband before it was "too late." She describes suspicious behaviors that lead the reader to understand that he is (was) a werewolf. When she describes her final realization, as he changes at the dark of the moon into a human, the wife, now obviously the wolf wife rather than the human wife, narrator describes the pack's killing him. The story is unusual for its point of view; of the many books and stories on werewolves, few are written from the point of view of other wolves.

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  • Cadden, Mike (2005). Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults (1st ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-99527-2. 
  • Bourgault du Coudray, Chantal (2006). The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within (1st ed.). New York, NY: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1845111571. 
  • Freedman, Carl (2008). Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin (Literary Conversations Series) (1st ed.). University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1604730937. 
  • Gelfante, Blanche H. (2004). The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story (1st ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231110990. 

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