A Man and his Dog...
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Featuring: Edgar Sawtelle; Almondine
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Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an
idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote
northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have
raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful
companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong
friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude,
Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once
peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude
insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into
Edgar's mother's affections.
Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude
played a role in his father's death, but his plan
backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast
wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the
wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three
yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his
father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn
Edgar ever homeward.
David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his
breathtaking scenes--the elemental north woods, the sweep of
seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered
in the falling rain--create a riveting family saga, a
brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a
compulsively readable modern classic.
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