Little Wolves

Little Wolves

Book - 2012
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"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." --Dust cover flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781616951900
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Spouses of clergy -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
City and town life -- Fiction.
Minnesota -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction


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Jul 29, 2015

Hauntingly beautiful. Poignant and powerful. This is a wonderful story of a woman's longing for answers about the accident that claimed her mother's life and left her hand disfigured. Clara moves to a small town with her husband, Logan - a Lutheran pastor - while she is carrying their first child. She is led by old stories told to her by her father.

Seth is a troubled teenager who loves animals. He rescued some coyote pups (little wolves) and raised them until they were old enough to fend for themselves. One day, Seth takes a gun, walks into town, and shoots the town's sheriff in the face before committing suicide in a corn field. His devastated father searches for reasons as to why his son would do such a terrible thing.

The two stories intertwine. Other lives are also touched by these events. The "little wolves" also play a role. I highly recommend this novel!

Mar 20, 2013

dark and deeply moving.

Mar 20, 2013

Local writer Thomas Maltman tells a small town Minnesota story that puts an event decades past into fresh light when a young Lutheran minister and his wife move to this prairie town. When the sheriff is murdered by a high school boy, old secrets and long-held grievances percolate into the present, changing everyone as the mystery unfolds. Wonderful storytelling, characters and sense of place.


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