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An extraordinary debut novel, nuanced and strange, History of Wolves is an atmospheric coming-of-age story packed with ominous twists and foreboding. Heartbreaking and gorgeous.
— Matt, Los Angeles
Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.
One of theNew York Times'
100 Notable Books of 2017; An NPR and MPR Best Books of 2017; #1 Indie Next Pick; A New York Times
Editors' Choice; A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection; One of USA Today
's Notable Books; An Amazon Best Book of the Month; An ABA Indies Introduce Selection
"The chilly power of History of Wolves
packs a wallop that's hard to shake off . . . an elegant, troubling debut." --Los Angeles Times
"Starkly affecting . . . one of the year's most lauded debuts." --Entertainment Weekly
Teenage Linda lives with her parents in the austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outsider at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is faced with child pornography charges, his arrest deeply affects Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy. But with this new sense of belonging comes expectations and secrets she doesn't understand and, over the course of a summer, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. One of the most daring literary debuts of the year and a national bestseller, History of Wolves
is an agonizing and gorgeously written novel from an urgent, new voice in American fiction. "Imagine one of those twisty 'Girl'-titled mysteries in the hands of a great stylist. Fridlund's debut is something like that, but better . . . an indelible story of fascination and dread." --New York magazine "This captivating debut from a prodigious new talent injects taut suspense into a teenage girl's awakenings as she confronts a web of mysteries in the chilly woods of Minnesota. A lavishly written novel with more than a glimmer of dread." --O Magazine, one of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now