Little Wolves

Little Wolves

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By (author) Thomas Maltman

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  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 26mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1616953438
  • ISBN 13: 9781616953430
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 758,212

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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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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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One of School Library Journal's "Best 2013 Adult Books 4 Teens" An "INDIE NEXT " Selection 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"" ""Satisfying on so many levels . . . heartbreakingly real. This unpretentious tale of life in rural Minnesota is writing at its finest." --William Kent Krueger, "New York Times "bestseller and winner of the Edgar award "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" "So good, you'll forget about icy sidewalks and a dead battery . . . Magical story, magical writing." --"Saint Paul Pioneer Press " "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 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"" " "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: