History of Wolves

history of wolves cover imageHistory of Wolves

by Emily Fridlund
General Fiction
Atlantic Monthly Press
Hardcover, 288 pages
$25.00

This debut novel began as a short story that won the 2013 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Set in our own Northwoods, History of Wolves weaves a haunting fabric from several threads from the life of the adolescent narrator, Linda. She lives in the remnants of a failed commune in the forest and is an outsider at home with her aging hippie parents. She links-up with a more conventional family that has moved in across the lake, but things bit-by-bit grow peculiar. At school she is an outsider as well and a creepy thread also emerge there. The voice and writing are compelling and this is unlikely to be a one-hit wonder for Ms. Fridlund.