History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

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Read History of Wolves Online Free - Linda has an idiosyncratic home life: her parents live in abandoned commune cabins in northern Minnesota and are hanging on to the last vestiges of a faded counter-culture world. The kids at school call her 'Freak', or 'Commie'. She is an outsider in all things. Her understanding of the world comes from her observations at school, where her teacher is accused of possessing child pornography, and from watching the seemingly ordinary life of a family she babysits for. Yet while the accusation against the teacher is perhaps more innocent than it seemed at first, the ordinary family turns out to be more complicated. As Linda insinuates her way into the family's orbit, she realises they are hiding something. If she tells the truth, she will lose the normal family life she is beginning to enjoy with them; but if she doesn't, their son may die.
Superbly-paced and beautifully written, HISTORY OF WOLVES is an extraordinary debut novel about guilt, innocence, negligence, well-meaning belief and the death of a child.

Title : History of Wolves
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ISBN : 0802125875
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Adina rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we established that I h...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! “Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.” Emily Fridlund’s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who lives on the land of a former...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2016

"History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A typical aftern...

Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

August 23, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2016

3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classmates, etc A fa...

Linda rated it ★★★☆☆

February 25, 2017

Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along the lake in northe...

Esil rated it ★★★☆☆

December 16, 2016

3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an old commune...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

February 12, 2017

3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's not even sure th...

Maxwell rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2017

"Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the character's age...

Hugh rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the decision to i...

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