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The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classicBorn mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.Filled with breathtaking scenes--the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain--The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.
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Set in Wisconsin, this deeply nuanced epic tells the story of a boy, his dog, and much more. Father, son, and even dog take turns narrating before the story is told primarily by the inexplicably mute Edgar Sawtelle. Part mystery, part Hamlet, the story opens with a sinister and seemingly unrelated scene that begins to make sense as the narrative progresses. The rich depiction of Edgar's family, who are breeders of unique dogs, creates a warm glow that contrasts sharply with the cold evil that their family contains. This tension, along with a little salting of the paranormal, makes this an excruciatingly captivating read. Readers examine the concept of choice, the choice of the dogs in their relationship with people, and the choice of people in their acquiescence to or rejection of their perceived destiny. Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable; overwhelmingly recommended for all libraries.-Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

This sprawling epic tale clocks in at 22 hours, but is well worth the time spent. Wroblewski captivates with a story of a young boy and his dogs cast into the wilderness after his father is murdered in rural Wisconsin. Richard Poe reads with a firm voice, both gripping and personal, fitting for this particular tale. Poe brings the story to life with such ease that listeners will forget they aren't actually reading the book. Steady pacing, realistic and imaginative characters and Poe's skilled performance make this a recording that (even at its length) listeners will want to hear again. This is an instant classic that will resonate for years to come. An Ecco hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"The author's spellbinding first novel.is nearly impossible to put down." -- Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special ."a stunningly well-written novel." -- Pittsburgh Tribune ."here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable." -- Washington Post Book World "A stunning first novel.a ranging story that is part coming of age, part mystery and part tragedy on the order of Hamlet.Wroblewski executes with elan, building an addicting tale peopled by fully dimensional characters. He carries the reader, with authority and confidence, on a thought-provoking ride." -- Denver Post "A stately, wonderfully written debut novel.[Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language. a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "An excruciatingly captivating read.Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable." -- Library Journal (starred review) "The most enchanting debut novel of the summer....a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana...One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author's inability to write anything but guilelessly captivating prose.--New York Times "Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski's generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel...the scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year...."--O Magazine "A stately, wonderfully written debut novel...[Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language... a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a wooly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying."--Mark Doty, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Years "The author's spellbinding first novel...is nearly impossible to put down."--Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special "A stunning first novel...a ranging story that is part coming of age, part mystery and part tragedy on the order of Hamlet...Wroblewski executes with elan, building an addicting tale peopled by fully dimensional characters. He carries the reader, with authority and confidence, on a thought-provoking ride."--Denver Post ."..here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable."--Washington Post Book World "Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship--a language that transcends words."--Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz "In this beautifully written novel, David Wroblewski creates a remarkable hero who lives in a world populated as much by dogs as by humans, governed as much by the past as by the present. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a passionate, absorbing and deeply surprising debut."--Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street "I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying....I don't re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."--Stephen King "This luminescent story has the kind of sprawling, wide-lens focus that readers think of when they talk about the so-called 'great American novel.'"--Capital Times (Madison, WI) Don't let the book's massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A--Entertainment Weekly ."..a stunningly well-written novel..."--Pittsburgh Tribune "I doubt we'll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. David Wroblewski's got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it."--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls ..".a stunningly well-written novel..."--Pittsburgh Tribune ..".here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable."--Washington Post Book World A stunning first novel a ranging story that is part coming of age, part mystery and part tragedy on the order of Hamlet Wroblewski executes with elan, building an addicting tale peopled by fully dimensional characters. He carries the reader, with authority and confidence, on a thought-provoking ride. --Denver Post" a stunningly well-written novel --Pittsburgh Tribune" The author s spellbinding first novel is nearly impossible to put down. --Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special" A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" A stately, wonderfully written debut novel [Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" An excruciatingly captivating read Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable. --Library Journal (starred review)" I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying .I don t re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one. --Stephen King" I doubt we ll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. David Wroblewski s got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it. --Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls" The most enchanting debut novel of the summer....a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana...One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author s inability to write anything but guilelessly captivating prose.--New York Times" In this beautifully written novel, David Wroblewski creates a remarkable hero who lives in a world populated as much by dogs as by humans, governed as much by the past as by the present. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a passionate, absorbing and deeply surprising debut. --Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street" Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship a language that transcends words. --Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz" The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a wooly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying. --Mark Doty, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Years" This luminescent story has the kind of sprawling, wide-lens focus that readers think of when they talk about the so-called great American novel. --Capital Times (Madison, WI)" Don t let the book s massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A--Entertainment Weekly" here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable. --Washington Post Book World" Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski s generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel...the scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year.... --O Magazine" The Great American Novel is something like a unicorn--rare and wonderful, and maybe no more than just a notion. Yet every few years or so, we trip across some semblance of one.... [an] extraordinary debut.--Elle "An excruciatingly captivating read...Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."--Library Journal (starred review) "A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. . . . It's a novel about the human heart, and the mysteries that live there, understood but impossible to articulate. . . . I closed the book with that regret readers feel only after experiencing the best stories: It's over, you think, and I won't read another one this good for a long, long time. . . . There's never been a book quite like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I thought of Hamlet . . . and Watership Down, and The Night of the Hunter, and The Life of Pi-but halfway through, I put all comparisons aside and let it just be itself. . . . Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying: readers who pick up this novel are going to enter a richer world. I envy them the trip. I don't re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one." --Stephen King "I doubt we'll see a finer literary debut this year. . . . David Wroblewski's got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it." --Richard Russo "Don't let the book's massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn.Grade: A" --"Entertainment Weekly" .,."here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable." --"Washington Post Book World" "The most enchanting debut novel of the summer....a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana...One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author's inability to write anything but guilelessly captivatingprose." --"New York Times" "Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski's generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel...the scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year...." --O Magazine "In this beautifully written novel, David Wroblewski creates a remarkable hero who lives in a world populated as much by dogs as by humans, governed as much by the past as by the present. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a passionate, absorbing and deeply surprising debut." --Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street "A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship -- a language that transcends words." --Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a wooly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying." --Mark Doty, "New York Times" bestselling author of Dog Years "A stately, wonderfully written debut novel...[Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language... a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "An excruciatingly captivating read...Ultimately liberating, though tragic andheart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable." --"Library Journal" (starred review) "The Great American Novel is something like a unicorn -- rare and wonderful, and maybe no more than just a notion. Yet every few years or so, we trip across some semblance of one.... [an] extraordinary debut." --"Elle" "The author's spellbinding first novel...is nearly impossible to put down." --"Kirkus Reviews," First Fiction Special "From the Hardcover edition."

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