History of Wolves (Paperback)
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Published: 22/02/2018
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed.

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; and if she doesn't, a life is at stake. 

Superbly-paced and beautifully written, The History of Wolves is an extraordinary debut novel about the lengths a person will go to find the life they desire...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474602969
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautifully written - LITERARY REVIEW

Compelling ... History of Wolves stands out. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

think Winter's Bone with less crime and more lyricism.. Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty. - FINANCIAL TIMES

one of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year - NEW STATESMAN

Fridlund's writing is vivid: her natural descriptions elicit a superb sense of place - DAILY MAIL

this is a top-notch thriller: suspicion drips like icicles in the thaw - THE TIMES

Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty. - FINANCIAL TIMES

Haunting and compelling - i NEWSPAPER

Reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld...so original, a beautiful literary work" (Viv Groskop); "A writer with a great future ahead of her...her prose is exquisite" (Louise Doughty) - BBC RADIO 4: SATURDAY REVIEW

The chilling plot is only part of the mesmerising power of this assured and striking debut from this American novelist - PRESS ASSOCIATION

Reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld...so original, a beautiful literary work - Viv Groskop

So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth - Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

As exquisite a first novel as I've ever encountered. Poetic, complex and utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful - T. C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come

First thing you see is the bracing intelligence of the book's young narrator - no big-eyed sentiments for Linda, raised amid blighted ideals in the ceaseless winters and vast swamps of northern Minnesota. So observant is Linda that you trust her instantly, but it's her own search for trust, for connection even at enormous cost, that will hold you to the final hour. Emily Fridlund's language is generous and precise, her story grief-tempered and forcefully moving. History of Wolves is the loneliest thing I've read in years, and it's gorgeous. These are haunted pages - Leif Enger

A writer with a great future ahead of her...her prose is exquisite - Louise Doughty

Life offers "Linda" two simultaneous chances to fit in, although both, as we know from the start, go terribly wrong - GUARDIAN

Every page in this first novel echoes with grief and loneliness, yet there's a great beauty to it. - COUNTRY LIFE

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“Wintery and dark”

This is without a doubt one of the most intelligent novels I have read so far this year. I couldn't believe it when I found out this was a debut, it's so beautifully written.
Linda tells us her life from a... More

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“A stunningly written debut”

History of Wolves is one of three debut novels on this year’s Man Booker longlist. Ever drawn in by a beautiful book cover, I love it when the cover fits the contents as perfectly as it does in this case. The... More

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“Simultaneously promising and frustrating”

'History of Wolves' is, as you probably guessed, not really a history of wolves. Just in case any there are any biologists getting excited out there!

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