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Emily Fridlund

Autor(a) de History of Wolves

2 Works 1,366 Membros 80 Reviews

Obras de Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves (2017) 1,298 cópias, 79 resenhas
Catapult: Stories (2017) 68 cópias, 1 resenha


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Edina, Minnesota, USA




This is a debut novel by Minnesota author. At first I felt it was not very believable but I decided it could be believable. I actually lived in similar conditions, not because of having counter culture parents, but because that is how life started for me. Of course this book is not set in the fifties but more after the 70s. My grandparents generated their own electricity, heated their home with wood, did not have indoor plumbing. There were some hippy communes in the one area I had lived in. Linda is a weird, creepy person. She is not very likable. In fact none of the characters in this book are likable. I think there were two different things going on and that did not work in my opinion. You've got the sexual predator school teacher and the young family that comes to this isolated area with their 4 y/o child and they are a bit odd too. The ending is especially creepy but I guess it is Linda's coming to grips with her own isolation and emptiness.… (mais)
Kristelh | outras 78 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
Not a fan of this muddled story that left me confused and a little depressed.

hmonkeyreads | outras 78 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Madeline, who refers to herself as Linda, is a fourteen year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. She's drawn to one of her classmates, Lily, and the new history teacher Mr. Grierson, who gets charged with child pornography. When a new family moves in, Linda babysits for their little boy, Paul.

Early on we learn that Paul has "gone from living to dead" and the story alternates between finding out what happened to Paul and Mr. Grierson/Lily. I really wanted to love this book but it just didn't do it for me. The story is slow and not much happened even though the premise seems otherwise. I found the main character to be unlikeable. The writing is beautiful but not enough to save the book.… (mais)
Lauranthalas | outras 78 resenhas | Jul 24, 2023 |
Set in a remote town in Minnesota, History of Wolves initially paints a picture of loner Linda developing a crush on her male teacher, leading the reader to leap to some ready assumptions about where this book is headed. However, the story soon diverges when the Gardiner family mores into a nearby home. Leo, Patra and son Paul all seem a little strange, and Linda gravitates towards them, eventually getting work as Paul's baby-sitter.

Linda makes Patra into an object of affection and is very uncomfortable when her academic husband Leo shows up. Caring for Paul is something of a challenge for her; he is both backward and infuriating at times, but Linda manages to get him interested in games mimicking her woodcraft skills.

Eventually this scenario goes sour, as Leo starts to assert his authority and tries to get rid of Linda. She resists, but it does not end well.

I mostly enjoyed this book and would probably rate it more highly except that I found the ending very dissatisfying, and Fridlund's attempt to reconcile the Gardiner and teacher threads of her story felt very unconvincing to me.
… (mais)
gjky | outras 78 resenhas | Apr 9, 2023 |



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Ben Marcus Introduction
Susan Bennett Narrator
Erik de Vries Translator


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