History of Wolves

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

How far would you go to belong?

Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in an ex-commune beside a lake in the beautiful, austere backwoods of northern Minnesota. The other girls at school call Linda ‘Freak’, or ‘Commie’. Her parents mostly leave her to her own devices, whilst the other inhabitants have grown up and moved on.

So when the perfect family – mother, father and their little boy, Paul – move into the cabin across the lake, Linda insinuates her way into their orbit. She begins to babysit Paul and feels welcome, that she finally has a place to belong.

Yet something isn’t right. Drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand, Linda must make a choice. But how can a girl with no real knowledge of the world understand what the consequences will be?

Read by Caitlin Thorburn
(p) 2017 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Critics Review

  • Beautifully written

    LITERARY REVIEW
  • Compelling … History of Wolves stands out.

    SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
  • think Winter’s Bone with less crime and more lyricism.. Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty.

    FINANCIAL TIMES
  • one of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year

    NEW STATESMAN
  • Fridlund’s writing is vivid: her natural descriptions elicit a superb sense of place

    DAILY MAIL
  • this is a top-notch thriller: suspicion drips like icicles in the thaw

    THE TIMES

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