• book

From the Publisher

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.

Topics: Love, Grief, Wisconsin, Midwestern America, Rural, Bildungsroman, Retellings, Debut, 1970s, Magical Realism, Gothic, Animal Narrator, Multiple Perspectives, Domestic, Dark, Tragic, Emotional, Dogs, Family, Coming of Age, Animals, and Magic

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061792595
List price: $11.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

TIME
1 min read

Milestones

DIED Amy Krouse Rosenthal, prolific children’s-book author and short-film maker, at 51. In early March, Rosenthal penned an emotional New York Times Modern Love column about life after her imminent death, titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” › Howard Hodgkin, Turner Prize–winning British artist known for his abstract paintings and prints, at 84. Hodgkin, whose creations were often inspired by the colors and warmth of India, worked up until his death, with two exhibitions of his work due to open this year. › Carol Field, food writer, at 76. Her 1985 cookbook, The Italian Baker, introdu
New York Magazine
2 min read

Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated

AGAINST EVERYTHING: ESSAYS SEPT. 6, BY MARK GREIF Following on the heels of last year’s ambitious, if somewhat clunkily titled The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, Grief’s new book collects more than a decade’s worth of provocations from a founder of n+1. In it, he traces the arc of a young intellectual through the Bush and Obama administrations, from the gym to the ramparts. SUBSTITUTE: GOING TO SCHOOL WITH A THOUSAND KIDS SEPT. 6, BY NICHOLSON BAKER Baker is an obsessive with immense powers of observation, a strong social conscience, and, as those fam
New York Magazine
1 min read

Our Art Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated

RASHID JOHNSON SEPT. 8, HAUSER & WIRTH Johnson brings a beautiful brutality to materials; a hatchet man’s sense of cutting to the core of what he’s after. Paintings, performance, drawing, and sculpture will be featured in this gigantic show. If Johnson really brings it performance-wise, great things could happen. AGNES MARTIN OCT. 7, GUGGENHEIM Born in desolate rural Saskatchewan and a longtime denizen of desolate rural New Mexico, Martin (1912-2004) was the amazing maker of mysterious, minimal, meditative pale paintings. Coma-inducing, hallucinatory turns of subtle touch in sweet geometr