La Historia de Edgar Sawtelle = The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Paperback)

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By David Wroblewski, Claudia Conde (Translator)
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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

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Beautifully written and elegantly paced, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a coming-of-age novel about the power of the land and the past to shape our lives. It is a riveting tale of retribution, inhabited by empathic animals, prophetic dreams, second sight, and vengeful ghosts.
Born mute, Edgar Sawtelle feels separate from the people around him but is able to establish profound bonds with the animals who share his home and his name: his family raises a fictional breed of exceptionally perceptive and affable dogs. Soon after his father's sudden death, Edgar is stunned to learn that his mother has already moved on as his uncle Claude quickly becomes part of their lives. Reeling from the sudden changes to his quiet existence, Edgar flees into the forests surrounding his Wisconsin home accompanied by three dogs. Soon he is caught in a struggle for survival -- the only thing that will prepare him for his return home.


Product Details
ISBN: 9786070705328
Publisher: Planeta
Publication Date: February 1st, 2011
Pages: 576