History of Wolves

History of Wolves

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2017
ISBN: 9780802189776
0802189776
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Living with her parents in a nearly abandoned counterculture commune, fourteen-year-old Linda finds her perspectives and desires changed by the arrest of a teacher and the secrets of a new neighbor family.


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njon38
Jun 18, 2017

A wonderfully written debut coming of age novel about Madeline the 14 year old resident of a former commune and her summer babysitting 4 year old Paul and resulting interaction with his parents Petra and Leo. Lots of great foreshadowing that something terrible happens that summer and the reflections of adult Madeline about the lasting damage.

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darcylynnepst
Apr 27, 2017

I did not enjoy this book at all, and was pretty disappointed given the positive reviews I read about this book on Goodreads. I found the story jumbled and not very interesting. There were some interesting points in the book (like the commune she grew up in), but I felt they were skipped over and not given any attention. I did not really like any of the characters in this book. This was the first book that I have read in almost a year where I could not finish it. For about the last 50 pages, I just scanned the book to see if anything exciting happened (it didn't). The synopsis of this book makes it's going to be a huge mystery or a huge turn of events at some point, and I felt it fell flat. This is not a book I would recommend.

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Jenkskitten
Apr 22, 2017

This was the most frustrating book I have every read. Most of the first half of the book appears to be setting up the story. There is way too much description and wanderings of the mind. It is like reading a teenage diary. The book begins with Linda's very early teens and after half way through jumps around from her twenties, back to early childhood, teens and then another age intermittently. The main event of the story seems to happen when she is fifteen and Paul should have been five. Yet the consequences of the event occur when they are fourteen and four. Everything is hinted to, jumbled up and never connected. It seemed to me the author was trying to give the reader tidbits of the story for the three different events. I forced myself to read it all hoping to make sense out of it...just like Linda was hoping to make sense out of her life. I found that there is nothing beneficial to the reading of this book.

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blcwrites
Feb 06, 2017

One of those books you don't forget. Beautifully written, insightful, and haunting in the pursuit of truth.

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EmilyEm
Jan 15, 2017

A teenage loner who spent her earliest years in a failing commune in northern Minnesota is narrator of the story of a school year when Mr. Grierson comes to teach and she gets a summer babysitting job with a new family across the lake.

Fridlund’s debut novel is written with stunning prose and a bit of mystery. At its heart it is a story of triangles beset with outside forces—the teenager, her schoolmate and teacher and she, her charge Paul and his mother Patra. Tragic, beautiful, even if as the Strib’s reviewer said she got a few facts about northern Minnesota wrong.

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