History of Wolves
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, HISTORY OF WOLVES is an extraordinary debut novel about the lengths a person will go to find the life they desire...
Already being acclaimed as one of the most exciting new voices of 2017, Emily Fridlund's HISTORY OF WOLVES is a brilliant coming-of-age novel that will appeal to fans of THE GIRLS and THE VIRGIN SUICIDES
Life offers "Linda" two simultaneous chances to fit in, although both, as we know from the start, go terribly wrong * GUARDIAN * The chilling plot is only part of the mesmerising power of this assured and striking debut from this American novelist * PRESS ASSOCIATION * A writer with a great future ahead of her...her prose is exquisite -- Louise Doughty 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 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 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 Reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld...so original, a beautiful literary work -- Viv Groskop 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); "A writer with a great future ahead of her...her prose is exquisite" (Louise Doughty) * BBC RADIO 4: SATURDAY REVIEW * Haunting and compelling * i NEWSPAPER * Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty. * FINANCIAL TIMES * this is a top-notch thriller: suspicion drips like icicles in the thaw * THE TIMES * Fridlund's writing is vivid: her natural descriptions elicit a superb sense of place * DAILY MAIL * one of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year * NEW STATESMAN * 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 * Compelling ... History of Wolves stands out. * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Beautifully written * LITERARY REVIEW *
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her collection of stories, Catapult, was chosen by Ben Marcus for the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande Books. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. History of Wolves is her first novel.