The Bear's Embrace is a candid, moving, and beautifully written account of survival and recovery. Although grizzly attacks on humans are rare, they are often fatal, and Patriciaís reconstruction of the attack itself is vivid and disturbing. As medical professionals, Patricia and her husband bring a unique perspective to their time in hospital, and their observations from the other side of the fence are illuminating.
Patricia Van Tighem was born in Calgary, Alberta, where she began writing in her teens. Winner of a Canada Permanent Trust short-story competition, she was awarded a scholarship to the creative writing program at the Banff School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of the late W.O. Mitchell. Van Tighem trained as a nurse at Mount Royal College and the University of Victoria. Until her death in December 2005, she lived with her family in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia.