The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Large Print / Paperback)

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Perhaps the best literary voice this year is that of Edgar Sawtelle, a mute boy that lives with his parents in the north woods of Wisconsin, helping them to breed, raise and train a special breed of dogs. Edgar's world changes with the arrival of a prodigal uncle and a mysterious stray dog. Both trigger family secrets and the worst kind of sibling rivalry. Don’t be put off by the page count, Edgar’s journey is definitely worth taking.

— Sydne, Atlanta

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List


“This beautifully written family saga is set on a farm in Wisconsin, where Edgar -- born mute -- and his family raise prize dogs. This idyllic setting is upended when Edgar's Uncle Claude returns home and their world begins to fall apart. This is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, an epic novel, and, most of all, a story about the mystical relationship humans have with animals. You won't find a better read.”
— Karen Schwettman, Fox Tale Books, New Durham, NH

July 2008 Indie Next List


“This story of a modern-day Hamlet, set in the northern woods of Wisconsin, reaches depths of emotion rare in any novel, much less a debut. Driven by powerful characters, particularly the mute Edgar and the amazing dog Almondine, this story of a family's destruction will resonate with readers long after completion.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Indie Next List Highlights 2008


“This beautifully written family saga is set on a farm in Wisconsin, where Edgar - born mute - and his family raise prize dogs. This idyllic setting is upended when Edgar's Uncle Claude returns home and their world begins to fall apart. This is a coming-of-age story,a mystery, an epic novel, and, most of all, a story about the mystical relationship humans have with animals. You won't find a better read.”
— Karen Schwettman, Fox Tale Books, New Durham, NH

Description


Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family's farm in remote northern Wisconsin where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by only three yearling pups. Struggling for survival, Edgar comes of age in the wild, and must face the choice of leaving forever or revealing the terrible truth behind what has happened. A riveting family saga as well as a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is destined to become a modern classic.

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About the Author


David Wroblewski grew up in rural Wisconsin, not far from the Chequamegon National Forest where The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is set. He earned his master's degree from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and now lives in Colorado with his partner, the writer Kimberly McClintock, and their dog, Lola. This is his first novel.

Praise For…



— Denver Post


— Pittsburgh Tribune


— Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special


— Elle


— Publishers Weekly (starred review)


— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


— Library Journal (starred review)


— Stephen King


— Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls


— New York Times


— Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street


— Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz


— Mark Doty, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Years


— Capital Times (Madison, WI)


— Entertainment Weekly


— Washington Post Book World


— O Magazine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061768088
ISBN-10: 0061768081
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: September 19th, 2008
Pages: 912
Language: English