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History of wolves : a novel (original 2017; edição 2017)

por Emily Fridlund

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"Fourteen-year-old Linda 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, Linda 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 Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda 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, Linda 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, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent"--… (mais)
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Título:History of wolves : a novel
Autores:Emily Fridlund
Informação:New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
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History of Wolves por Emily Fridlund (2017)

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I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, but as you can plainly see from my rating, it did not affect my view.

While I liked the descriptive style of Fridlund's writing, I did not care for her characters, nor her disjointed (and sad) story. Why does her main character need two names, for example? Answer: she doesn't. I felt really terrible about what happened, but just did not feel engaged. Skip this one.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
“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?” (Quotation pos. 1939)

Content
Madelaine Furston, called Linda, grows up in a small cabin at a lake somewhere in the rural woods of northern Minnesota. Her parents, old hippies, treat her like an adult person, letting her make her own decisions and ideas about live. In school, they call her “freak”.
When she is fourteen, almost fifteen years old, everything changes. Across the lake, which is very narrow at this point, one late winter day a family from the city with a small child arrives at their new summerhouse. The father soon leaves but the mother and the little boy stay. Linda begins to visit and soon she is Paul’s babysitter and feels like a girl friend to his twentysix years old mother Patra. She seems to have found a happy family who cares. Linda feels that something changes when Patra’s husband Leo, a Christian Scientist, returns, but she could not explain what was wrong because Patra and Leo are still exceptionally friendly, making it easy to assume that they are happy and everything is fine.

Theme and genre
This novel, shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, is about the difference between a truth that you create for yourself and desperately want to believe, and a reality where you should act. Important topics are outsiders, family, growing up in the lonely nature, and the strong influence of religion.

Characters
The characters of this story are not always likeable and understandable in their behavior and thinking. Linda, who is trying to find out if she is still just a kid, longing for a real family, or a teenage girl with all her worries, trying too hard to be an adult. As an outsider, she is interested in the lives of other outsiders, pretending to understand what happiness in their lives or just making things up.

Plot and writing
Madelaine “Linda”, now thirtyseven years old, tells the story of her childhood and youth as the first person narrator. Not always chronological, her memories switch between years and ages, persons, incidents, and some events that happened, and this leaves us readers with some loose ends and implausibilities. Delightful to read are the poetical descriptions of the nature, the lakes and woods, but tough, sad and sometimes depressing, when it comes to the dreams, invented stories and real living conditions of the female main characters.

Conclusion
An interesting, but not always plausible coming-of-age-story, a demanding read with only partly coherent figures, leaving the reader with some open questions. ( )
  Circlestonesbooks | Jul 11, 2021 |
adult fiction (human drama/secrets and tragedy--socialist commune child with possible abandonment issues babysits for a Christian Science family in rural Minnesota). Kirkus called this "atmospheric" and it does feel like a very immersive, absorbing, chilly blanket of foggy mystery. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Original and captivating. It is a tale of parental neglect and narcissism in the service of beliefs, Christian Science and hippie communalism, that don’t deserve the dedication of these particular fictional adherents. The 15 year old protagonist forages and watches but has no real purchase on the unfolding of the central tragedy. The writing is fluid and often beautiful. My only complaint might be words and ideas that seemed too advanced for even a precocious 15 year old. But that was only occasionally. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
The teenaged Linda has well developed backwoods survival skills and underdeveloped social skills. This resulted from growing up as one of a pack of children in a commune in rural Minnesota, until the commune dissolved and the other kids left with their parents. The pair of adults who remained might have been Linda's birth parents, but their parenting style is so remote and distracted that you can't be surprised if Linda has an attachment disorder.

There's a new teacher in school and a new couple across the lake who don't seem to be there for the fishing. The relationships Linda forms with the newcomers seem promising for her, at first.

The pace of the story kept me engaged, and I liked that clues were dropped at a rate that allowed me to gradually see where events were heading. I think Ms. Fridlund crafted a good story, but I'm confused about why she ended it how and where she did. ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
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"Fourteen-year-old Linda 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, Linda 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 Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda 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, Linda 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, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent"--

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