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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.. A boy and a dog: what could be a more American story? Throw in nefarious doings with an uncle that need solving before Mom falls for his wiles, a spell living out in the great North woods, and we’re on a real adventure.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Set in rural nineteen-seventies Wisconsin, this loose retelling of Hamlet focusses on Edgar, a boy born mute and with a preternatural ability to commune with the dogs whose breeding and training is his family’s business. Idyllic routine is threatened when Edgar’s ne’er-do-well uncle comes to live with the family, and the menace persists even after his sudden departure. Soon afterward, Edgar’s father dies of an apparent aneurysm; Edgar becomes convinced, but can’t prove, that his uncle—who soon inserts himself back into the family—is to blame. In this début novel, Wroblewski illustrates the relationship between man and canine (at times, from the dog’s point of view) in a way that is both lyrical and unsentimental, and demonstrates an ability to create a coherent, captivating fictional world in which even supernatural elements feel entirely persuasive.."

The New Yorker

"It's gutsy for a debut novelist to offer a modern take on Hamlet set in rural Wisconsin--particularly one in which the young hero, born mute, communicates with people, dogs, and the occasional ghost through his own mix of sign and body language. But David Wroblewski's extraordinary way with language in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle immerses readers in a living, breathing world that is both fantastic and utterly believable. In selecting for temperament and a special intelligence, Edgar's grandfather started a line of unusual dogs--the Sawtelles--and his sons carried on his work. But among human families, undesirable traits aren't so easily predicted, and clashes can erupt with tragic force. Edgar's tale takes you to the extremes of what humans must endure, and when you're finally released, you will come back to yourself feeling wiser, and flush with gratitude. And you will have remembered what magnificent alchemy a finely wrought novel can work.."

Author bio: David is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle, a 2008 Oprah Book Club pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, winner of the 2008 Colorado Book Award, Indie Choice Best Author Discovery award, and the Midwest Bookseller Association's Choice award. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle was selected as one of the best books of 2008 by numerous magazines and newspapers around the country, and has been translated into over 25 languages. David holds a degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. Over the years he has lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Austin, Texas. He currently makes his home in Colorado with the writer Kimberly McClintock, their dog Lola, and their woefully undisciplined cat, Mitsou. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Mystery; 566 pp. Refreshing disturbances: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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