History of Wolves (Large Print / Library Binding)

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In this intriguing, coming-of-age novel, we are urged to care about Madeline, a naïve teenage girl raised in a now-defunct commune in the Minnesota woods. Unsure that she really belongs to the parents who raised her, she seeks a meaningful connection to other people in her community. Unfortunately, her choices bring her into contact with evil both overt, in the form of a pedophiliac high school teacher, but also covert, in the form of a seemingly nice, normal, neighboring couple with radical religious beliefs. Both have the ability to destroy her young life. In the end, we are left wondering about the origins of evil and its powers of corruption. A truly compelling story!

— Shirley Cagle

A brilliantly imagined novel about a fourteen year old girl of peculiar upbringing who becomes entwined in the lives of a neighboring family. It is a rare novel whose story and astonishing writing style grab me on the very first page. This is the work of an amazing talent.

— Stan Hynds

A teenager takes a job watching over the lonely, fragile four-year-old son of an enigmatic couple in the serene wilderness of northern Minnesota. The deeper the bond that develops between the two, the more certain the girl becomes that the family is harboring some dark secrets. This is a fascinating and disturbing story that drifts through the imagination like an unsettling mist.

— Alden Graves

In this intriguing, coming-of-age novel, we are urged to care about Madeline, a naïve teenage girl raised in a now-defunct commune in the Minnesota woods. Unsure that she really belongs to the parents who raised her, she seeks a meaningful connection to other people in her community. Unfortunately, her choices bring her into contact with evil both overt, in the form of a pedophiliac high school teacher, but also covert, in the form of a seemingly nice, normal, neighboring couple with radical religious beliefs. Both have the ability to destroy her young life. In the end, we are left wondering about the origins of evil and its powers of corruption. A truly compelling story! — Shirley Cagle

A brilliantly imagined novel about a fourteen year old girl of peculiar upbringing who becomes entwined in the lives of a neighboring family. It is a rare novel whose story and astonishing writing style grab me on the very first page. This is the work of an amazing talent. — Stan Hynds

A teenager takes a job watching over the lonely, fragile four-year-old son of an enigmatic couple in the serene wilderness of northern Minnesota. The deeper the bond that develops between the two, the more certain the girl becomes that the family is harboring some dark secrets. This is a fascinating and disturbing story that drifts through the imagination like an unsettling mist. — Alden Graves

January 2017 Indie Next List


“A lonely teenager in rural northern Minnesota, Linda is desperate for connection and obsessed with both her enigmatic new neighbors and a classmate entangled in a scandalous relationship with a teacher. Narrating these seemingly disparate story threads is the adult Linda, who may have been villain, victim, or bystander in at least one tragedy. With lyrical prose and precise pacing, debut author Fridlund builds tension and weaves a complex, multilayered morality tale rich in metaphor and symbolism. This haunting, meticulously crafted novel will inspire lengthy rumination on topics ranging from the meaning of the title to the power of belief. Perfect for reading groups!”
— Sharon Flesher (W), Brilliant Books, Suttons Bay, MI

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Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, 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, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781683242659
ISBN-10: 1683242653
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Publication Date: February 1st, 2017
Pages: 500
Language: English
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