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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle [Large Print]
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Set in Wisconsin, this deeply nuanced epic tells the story of a boy, his dog, and much more. Father, son, and even dog take turns narrating before the story is told primarily by the inexplicably mute Edgar Sawtelle. Part mystery, part Hamlet, the story opens with a sinister and seemingly unrelated scene that begins to make sense as the narrative progresses. The rich depiction of Edgar's family, who are breeders of unique dogs, creates a warm glow that contrasts sharply with the cold evil that their family contains. This tension, along with a little salting of the paranormal, makes this an excruciatingly captivating read. Readers examine the concept of choice, the choice of the dogs in their relationship with people, and the choice of people in their acquiescence to or rejection of their perceived destiny. Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable; overwhelmingly recommended for all libraries.-Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller. In the backwoods of Wisconsin, the Sawtelle family-Gar, Trudy and their young son, Edgar-carry on the family business of breeding and training dogs. Edgar, born mute, has developed a special relationship and a unique means of communicating with Almondine, one of the Sawtelle dogs, a fictional breed distinguished by personality, temperament and the dogs' ability to intuit commands and to make decisions. Raising them is an arduous life, but a satisfying one for the family until Gar's brother, Claude, a mystifying mixture of charm and menace, arrives. When Gar unexpectedly dies, mute Edgar cannot summon help via the telephone. His guilt and grief give way to the realization that his father was murdered; here, the resemblance to Hamlet resonates. After another gut-wrenching tragedy, Edgar goes on the run, accompanied by three loyal dogs. His quest for safety and succor provides a classic coming-of-age story with an ironic twist. Sustained by a momentum that has the crushing inevitability of fate, the propulsive narrative will have readers sucked in all the way through the breathtaking final scenes. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

."the most enchanting debut novel of the summer...a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana.... One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author's inability to write anything but guilelessly captivating prose." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times "A stunning first novel...a ranging story that is part coming of age, part mystery and part tragedy on the order of Hamlet...Wroblewski executes with elan, building an addicting tale peopled by fully dimensional characters. He carries the reader, with authority and confidence, on a thought-provoking ride."--Denver Post ."..here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable."--Washington Post Book World "A stately, wonderfully written debut novel...[Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language... a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The most enchanting debut novel of the summer....a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana...One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author's inability to write anything but guilelessly captivating prose.--New York Times "This luminescent story has the kind of sprawling, wide-lens focus that readers think of when they talk about the so-called 'great American novel.'"--Capital Times (Madison, WI) "I doubt we'll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. David Wroblewski's got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it."--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls ."..a stunningly well-written novel..."--Pittsburgh Tribune "Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski's generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel...the scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year...."--O Magazine "The author's spellbinding first novel...is nearly impossible to put down."--Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special "Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship--a language that transcends words."--Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz Don't let the book's massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A--Entertainment Weekly "I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying....I don't re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."--Stephen King "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a wooly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying."--Mark Doty, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Years "In this beautifully written novel, David Wroblewski creates a remarkable hero who lives in a world populated as much by dogs as by humans, governed as much by the past as by the present. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a passionate, absorbing and deeply surprising debut."--Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street ..".a stunningly well-written novel..."--Pittsburgh Tribune ..".here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable."--Washington Post Book World A stunning first novel a ranging story that is part coming of age, part mystery and part tragedy on the order of Hamlet Wroblewski executes with elan, building an addicting tale peopled by fully dimensional characters. He carries the reader, with authority and confidence, on a thought-provoking ride. --Denver Post" a stunningly well-written novel --Pittsburgh Tribune" The author s spellbinding first novel is nearly impossible to put down. --Kirkus Reviews, First Fiction Special" A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" A stately, wonderfully written debut novel [Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" An excruciatingly captivating read Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable. --Library Journal (starred review)" I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying .I don t re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one. --Stephen King" I doubt we ll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. David Wroblewski s got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it. --Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls" The most enchanting debut novel of the summer....a great, big, mesmerizing read, audaciously envisioned as classic Americana...One of the great pleasures of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is its free-roaming, unhurried progress, enlivened by the author s inability to write anything but guilelessly captivating prose.--New York Times" In this beautifully written novel, David Wroblewski creates a remarkable hero who lives in a world populated as much by dogs as by humans, governed as much by the past as by the present. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a passionate, absorbing and deeply surprising debut. --Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street" Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship a language that transcends words. --Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz" The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a wooly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying. --Mark Doty, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Years" This luminescent story has the kind of sprawling, wide-lens focus that readers think of when they talk about the so-called great American novel. --Capital Times (Madison, WI)" Don t let the book s massive size fool you: This is a good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A--Entertainment Weekly" here is a big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly, a little surprised that the real world went on spinning while you were absorbed...grand and unforgettable. --Washington Post Book World" Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski s generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel...the scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year.... --O Magazine" The Great American Novel is something like a unicorn--rare and wonderful, and maybe no more than just a notion. Yet every few years or so, we trip across some semblance of one.... [an] extraordinary debut.--Elle "An excruciatingly captivating read...Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."--Library Journal (starred review) "A literary thriller with commercial legs, this stunning debut is bound to be a bestseller."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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