Friday, September 19, 2008

Oprah's Fall Book Pick

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David Wroblewski's debut novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, is the fall pick for Oprah's Book Club.

Wroblewski's novel is about a mute boy named Edgar who lives with his parents on a peaceful, remote farm in northern Wisconsin. The Sawtelles have raised and trained companionship dogs for generations, and one dog, Almondine, has become one of Edgar's best friends and strongest allies on the farm.

Edgar's idyllic existence is shattered with the sudden arrival of his uncle Claude, who worms his way into his mother's affections when Edgar's father dies unexpectedly. Edgar's insistence on proving that Claude had a hand in his father's death backfires, and he's forced to flee his home, along with three yearling dogs who follow him into the wilderness that lays beyond the farm. But his desire to prove that Claude murdered his father preys on him, and he makes his way back home for a final confrontation.

Reserve your copy and see why Stephen King had this to say about Wroblewski's modern-day take on Shakespeare's Hamlet:
"I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. In the end, this isn't a novel about dogs or heartland America, it's a novel about the human heart and the mysteries that live there, understood but impossible to articulate.... I don't reread many books because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."

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