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Little Wolves

By (author) Thomas Maltman

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A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that's pushing family farms to the brink, "Little Wolves" features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor's wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of "The Night Birds," "Little Wolves" weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 35.56mm | 498.95g
  • 14 Feb 2013
  • Soho Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • New.
  • 1616951907
  • 9781616951900
  • 484,523

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Thomas Maltman's essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and he lives in the Twin Cities. His first novel, "The Night""Birds," won several national awards, including an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose "The Night Birds" as an "Outstanding Book for the College Bound."

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Praise for "Little Wolves" "Here's one I'll recommend--Tom Maltman's written an ambitious mythic thriller that hums with energy and portent. Set under brooding prairie skies, "Little Wolves" has modern psychoses and generational wickedness, ravening devils and uneasy saints. It shifts and dodges like wind, and it rings with conviction and confidence. What more can a reader ask?" --Leif Enger, author of "Peace Like a River" and "So Brave, Young, and Handsome"" " "At its heart, "Little Wolves" is a powerful mystery....Maltman combines mythology and small-town claustrophobia to show how the roots of the violence [are] planted." --"Christian Science Monitor" "A work of nuance, craft, and tightly plotted narrative...."Little Wolves" is a portrait of two individuals seeking solace through religion and the law, and finding every opportunity thwarted by that most central tenet of Americana: nostalgia." "--Rain Taxi" "Took my breath away...as rich in myth and metaphors as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road."" --"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel" "Part allegory, part mystery and pure poetry, layered with Norse mythology and Anglo Saxon narratives, Maltman's second novel is dark, redemptive and very beautiful." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "A masterwork of fiction. Not just a good book that's interesting on multiple levels, but a great book that will stand the test of time...I was completely spellbound. Add to this the mysteries surrounding the town and characters, and I felt, often, as though I were reading some contemporary version of Dostoyevsky." --Peter Geye, author of" Safe From The Sea ""A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, "Little Wolves" is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I loved this book." --Benjamin Percy, author of "Red Moon, The Wilding" and "Refresh, Refresh """Litt

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