Fourteen-year-old Madeline 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, Madeline 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 Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline 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 doesnt understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline 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, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people doand fail to dofor the people they love...
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History of Wolves Reviews
“My name was Madeline, but at school I was called Linda, or Commie, or Freak.”
This is an unconventional coming of age story of 15-year old loner Linda, daughter of aging, largely absent hippies who leave Linda alone to ‘do her own thing’. She becomes entwined with a family who moves in across the lake in their isolated wooded surroundings. As Linda’s relationship with them grows, it becomes disturbing and more uncomfortable as time goes by and I began to feel apprehensive about where the story w ...more
Wow. This book. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule for 24 hours, find your favorite reading perch, and arrange for someone to walk the dogs…because once you start, you’re not coming up for air.
Madeline Furston is fascinated by the study of wolves and no wonder. At 14 years old, she is living in a failed commune with a father who is “kind to objects” and a mother who means well but hasn’t quite mastered her nurturing instincts. An outcast in her north Minnesota school with a keen sense o ...more
WTF did I just read? Madeline/Linda made 2-3 sets of tracks in the snow and none of them ended up at the same destination. What did the Mr. Grierson/Lilly story have to do with the Patra/Leo/Paul story? The writing here was very good, but I think the point of this story ended up abandoned on a canoe in the middle of the lake. Who knows, maybe that was the point? Grrrr... The setting and characterization of Madeline/Linda meshed very well and conveyed a deep sense of loneliness. I'm sure there's ...more
3.5 review to follow.
Despite the title, this is not a story about wolves.
I'm not completely sure what to make of this novel. It was different, mesmerising and slightly unsettling.
I seem to have read quite a few novels set in remote, desolate and very cold places. This time, it's the woods of Northern Minnesota.
The narrator of this novel is Linda, a lonely fourteen-year-old, who lives with her somewhat recluse and atypical parents in an ex-commune.
When she meets the owners of a newly built house near-by, she has a ...more
I wish 'History of Wolves' had been structured better. Despite the kudos from many reviewers, including professional columnists, I am disappointed by what I feel to be the lack of a firmer bridge between events, and I think the architecture of the plot is at fault.
Belief and choosing to take/not take action because of the belief haunts the consciences of the main characters throughout the novel. And the reader, for a long long long time.
Some protagonists cynically, or for what they believe to b ...more
History of Wolves is one of those novels that I couldn't put down but, in the end, I have mixed feelings about.
Linda is a socially awkward 14 year old girl living in Minnesota with her family. Her parents, especially her mother, are somewhat strange and detached. When the Gardener family moves in across the lake, Linda begins babysitting for their four year old son,Paul, while Paul's mother, Patra, edits a research paper her husband, Leo, has written.
On the first page we learn that Paul has "g ...more
A book of interesting ideas and a dark little heart, yet also one that’s problematic in its execution. It either needs to be a shorter story just based around our odd (which I liked) narrator and a small boy she befriends and his parents. Or about our odd narrator and her small obsession with another student and their teacher. Together with odd snippets of her life post school (of which many didn’t make sense) this didn’t quite work. But it’s not awful.