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 possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love

Title:History of Wolves
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802125873
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About Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York.


    History of Wolves Reviews

  • Adina

    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 ...

  • Cheri

    !! 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 wee...

  • Elyse Walters

    "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 supe...

  • Paula Kalin

    Short-listed for the Booker prize in 2017, History of Wolves, is a beautifully written debut novel.This coming of age story is set in the gorgeously described woods of Northern Minnesota. Seen from th...

  • Hannah Greendale

    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 ...

  • Karen

    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 tim...

  • Linda

    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...

  • Esil

    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 tha...

  • Jenna

    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:...

  • Angela M

    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 remain...