History of Wolves

History of Wolves

Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with posses Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their near...

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Title:History of Wolves
Author:Emily Fridlund
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

History of Wolves Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 27, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

  • Cheri
    Sep 12, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

  • Meghan Pinson
    May 15, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

    4.5 stars!! A coming of age story like none I have ever read before. The location, northern Minnesota in winter, added to a chilling feeling. The addition of a Christian Scientist family who did not believe that doctors are needed to cure illness (even of a 4 year old child) ...

    WTF did I just read? Madeline/Linda made 2-3 sets of tracks in the snow and none of them ended up at the same destination. What did the Mr. Grierson/Lilly story have to do with the Patra/Leo/Paul story? The writing here was very good, but I think the point of this story ended up abando...

    This is the kind of book that makes me want to fight anyone who doesn't love it the way I do. The kind that becomes a litmus test for future friends, like Louise Erdrich novels and The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams are. It's beautiful and quiet, strange, unflinching, unsettling, fierce....

  • Elyse
    Sep 28, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 18, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

  • Maxwell
    Jul 26, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

  • Jill
    Dec 06, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

  • Melissa
    Jan 11, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

    4.5 stars!! A coming of age story like none I have ever read before. The location, northern Minnesota in winter, added to a chilling feeling. The addition of a Christian Scientist family who did not believe that doctors are needed to cure illness (even of a 4 year old child) ...

    WTF did I just read? Madeline/Linda made 2-3 sets of tracks in the snow and none of them ended up at the same destination. What did the Mr. Grierson/Lilly story have to do with the Patra/Leo/Paul story? The writing here was very good, but I think the point of this story ended up abando...

  • Dianne
    May 07, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

  • Karen
    Jan 06, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

    4.5 stars!! A coming of age story like none I have ever read before. The location, northern Minnesota in winter, added to a chilling feeling. The addition of a Christian Scientist family who did not believe that doctors are needed to cure illness (even of a 4 year old child) ...

    WTF did I just read? Madeline/Linda made 2-3 sets of tracks in the snow and none of them ended up at the same destination. What did the Mr. Grierson/Lilly story have to do with the Patra/Leo/Paul story? The writing here was very good, but I think the point of this story ended up abando...

    This is the kind of book that makes me want to fight anyone who doesn't love it the way I do. The kind that becomes a litmus test for future friends, like Louise Erdrich novels and The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams are. It's beautiful and quiet, strange, unflinching, unsettling, fierce....

    This book still haunts me. From the very beginning, you know that something bad is going to happen. The horrible event itself isn?t as shocking as what caused it. Or rather, the people who caused it. Linda, the novel?s teenage narrator, is trapped by circumstances beyond her contro...

    ?My name was Madeline, but at school I was called Linda, or Commie, or Freak.? This is an unconventional coming of age story of 15-year old loner Linda, daughter of aging, largely absent hippies who leave Linda alone to ?do her own thing?. She becomes entwined with a family ...

  • Sue
    Jul 10, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

  • Esil
    Dec 16, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 26, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

  • Angela M
    Feb 10, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

  • Jenbebookish
    Mar 11, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

  • Simon
    Oct 07, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Oct 24, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

  • Elaine
    Jan 24, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

  • Linda
    Feb 25, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

  • Karen
    Nov 25, 2016

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

  • Taryn Pierson
    Jan 08, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

  • Dean
    Nov 30, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

  • Ruby Granger
    Jul 18, 2018

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

  • Adina
    Aug 23, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

  • Bianca
    Jan 19, 2018

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

  • Celia
    Nov 30, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

    4.5 stars!! A coming of age story like none I have ever read before. The location, northern Minnesota in winter, added to a chilling feeling. The addition of a Christian Scientist family who did not believe that doctors are needed to cure illness (even of a 4 year old child) ...

  • Hugh
    Sep 26, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

  • Book Riot Community
    Feb 28, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

    "Maybe if I'd been someone else I'd see it differently. But isn't that the crux of the problem? Wouldn't we all act differently if we were someone else?" Coming of ages novels, especially ones not aimed at young adult readers, can be a tricky business. Too much time spent on the cha...

    This was my final book from the Man Booker shortlist. It was actually a lot more interesting than I had been led to expect, and just about deserved a place on the longlist, but in view of the strength of some of the books that were omitted from the shortlist, I can't really back the de...

    I have such mixed feelings about this book! The writing is very good, but at the same time the narration is very detached and meandering. I don't understand the ending at all. I appreciate the craftsmanship but it did not resonate with me. ...

    The second hyped book of January of the new year, The History of Wolves touches on many random topics including family, pedophilia, loyalty, love and faith and yet none of these hard hitting themes fully resonated with me. The narrator is 37 year old Madeline who remembers a pivota...

    4? - overall 5? for the writing and the main story. (Read and reviewed February 12, 2017) An intense debut from a talented writer. Madeline, who prefers ?Linda?, is telling her story as an adult, with episodes from her childhood, her school years, her early adulthood and ...

    Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs?because once you start, you?re not coming up for air. Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 y...

    Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves. I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling. I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northe...

    History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about. Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener...

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books which I have read. Fridlund has this beautifully ethereal tone of writing, one which skims across the surface of the Minnesotan lake, the empty branches of the woodland and Linda's own straw bed. This is the sort of book which needs to be...

    I read this because it was on the Man Booker Prize Long List. I loved the title, the cover (peek inside the dust jacket), but that's where the love stopped. At first glance, it was hard to stop comparing this book to Marlena by Julie Buntin, a book I read this summer. Both have girl...

    The initial tension level of this story was maintained at a consistently high level with writing that hints and pulls back, shifts gears between the narrator, Linda/Madeleine, her parents and their history, her school and town, and the new neighbors. There are feelings of menace, in th...

    A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that?s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obses...

    3.5 review to follow. ...

    I can't figure out how to rate this. I did NOT like this book. The writing is 3 stars, maybe even 4, there is definitely some snippets of really beautiful prose. Even more than snippets actually, the prose is consistently enjoyable, and judged only on the technical, she'd probably walk...

    This is the second book I?ve read this year that portrays a family tragedy more as a series of snapshots than a continuous, easy-to-follow narrative. The first was Idaho, in which a woman marries a man whose life with his first wife imploded in the wake of a sudden accident in the wo...

    Linda is 14 years old, and lives with his parents isolated in the backwoods of northern Minnesota surrounded by lakes..... Then a young family with a four years old boy moves in a cabin next to the lake. After Linda becomes their babysitter, she realizes soon that something is awfull...

    4.5 stars!! A coming of age story like none I have ever read before. The location, northern Minnesota in winter, added to a chilling feeling. The addition of a Christian Scientist family who did not believe that doctors are needed to cure illness (even of a 4 year old child) ...

    WTF did I just read? Madeline/Linda made 2-3 sets of tracks in the snow and none of them ended up at the same destination. What did the Mr. Grierson/Lilly story have to do with the Patra/Leo/Paul story? The writing here was very good, but I think the point of this story ended up abando...

    This is the kind of book that makes me want to fight anyone who doesn't love it the way I do. The kind that becomes a litmus test for future friends, like Louise Erdrich novels and The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams are. It's beautiful and quiet, strange, unflinching, unsettling, fierce....

    This book still haunts me. From the very beginning, you know that something bad is going to happen. The horrible event itself isn?t as shocking as what caused it. Or rather, the people who caused it. Linda, the novel?s teenage narrator, is trapped by circumstances beyond her contro...

  • Jenna
    Jan 03, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...

    3.5 rounded up to 4 because of the writing. 15 year old Madeline(Linda) lives with her parents in the remains of an old commune, in the woods, in Northern Minnesota. Linda is by herself most of the time doing chores at home, poor household, and she seems socially inept with her classm...

    Over the river and through the woods..... And through the woods and back again and again. History of Wolves is told through the perspective of fourteen year old Linda whose day-by-day trek through those woods reveals a very somber spirit. Her home is in an abandoned commune along...

    3+ stars. I'm really wavering in my reaction to History of Wolves -- things I liked, and things I didn't like so much. In the end, I think I felt that it had a few too many promising story strands that weren't complete or didn't quite come together. Linda aka Madeleine grows up in an o...

    3.5 rounded up. This is a haunting story of a young woman recalling events and circumstances in her life when she was 14. Madeline/Maddie/Linda is raised in a commune and living in the deserted remains of it in a cabin in northern Minnesota . She lives with her parents (and she's n...

    The moment I finished this book, I rushed back to the library to return it so that another of my fellow Denizens of the Eternal Waitlist could have a chance to read it ASAP. Northern Virginia Readers: You?re Welcome. As many others have described, this is not a perfect book; it am...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 15, 2017

    It seems I am against the tide with this year Booker Longlist. Most of the The Mookse and the Gripes group members tend to place this novel as their least favorite. I, on the other hand, liked it and disliked highly appreciated novels such as Lincoln in The Bardo. Now that we estab...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Winter collapsed on us that year. It knelt down, exhausted, and stayed. In the middle of December so much snow fell that the gym roof buckled, and school was cancelled for a week.? Emily Fridlund?s debut novel is a moving story of a young girl who live...

    "History of Wolves" is an exquisitely nuanced novel that tenderly and fiercely examines one of the abiding truths of the human condition....'the quest for *self* never ceases'! With little parent supervision, 14 year old Linda is left to grow up like a weed in Northern Minnesota. A...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An atmospheric coming-of-age with subtle tension and a plodding plot. Where Fridlund succeeds at transporting her audience to the chilled forest and snowy setting of History of Wolves, her...