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Most remarkable about Fridlund’s History of Wolves is the energy and eloquence of the young narrator’s voice. 14 year old Linda is a social outcast living with her parents in the last vestiges of an abandoned commune in northern Minnesota. When an attractive mother and her young son move in nearby, Linda becomes young Paul’s babysitter and practically part of their family. After the husband returns, a tragedy that could have been prevented devastates the family and spoils the relationship between them and the young babysitter. Emotionally devastating and beautifully written, History of Wolves works on every level.

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ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

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Miss Jane is a novel of quiet heroism: Jane’s strength and courage to bear up gracefully under an unfortunate condition and her doctor’s selfless and genuine love for her. Set in a small Mississippi town in the early 20th century, Brad Watson’s novel is a deeply affecting character study of a young woman born with ambiguous genitalia and intestinal problems. Her condition bars her from living a normal life—going to school, socializing with people her own age. Her only friend outside her family is her neighbor, the doctor who is treating her. Their relationship deepens as he is the only person able to see past her condition and appreciate her intelligence and goodness. Mostly, it’s a book about courage, and quiet revelation.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 12th, 2016

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

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Obviously, what makes it different from other books about young marital dysfunction is the backdrop of the housing debacle and the resulting fall-out. The wasteland of Carousel Court is surreal—an armed lunatic in a pup tent, marauding wolves, black vehicles circling like sharks. Phoebe’s disintegration into full-blown opiate addiction mirrors the physical disintegration of the cul-de-sac. McGinniss takes on some difficult contemporary issues—career expectations, pernicious banks, infidelity, and violence of many kinds. Even though, I found myself asking more than once, who ARE these people? Their plight was recognizable and deeply affecting.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2016

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ISBN: 9781476791296
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 18th, 2017

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