Book Box Review: Powell’s Indiespensable#64: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

I  was very excited to learn that History of Wolves would be the featured book of Indiespensable #64. The book came up as a Goodreads suggestion a while back, and it sounds utterly fascinating.

From the Goodreads description:

Linda has an idiosyncratic home life: her parents live in abandoned commune cabins in northern Minnesota and are hanging on to the last vestiges of a faded counter-culture world. The kids at school call her ‘Freak’, or ‘Commie’. She is an outsider in all things. Her understanding of the world comes from her observations at school, where her teacher is accused of possessing child pornography, and from watching the seemingly ordinary life of a family she babysits for. Yet while the accusation against the teacher is perhaps more innocent than it seemed at first, the ordinary family turns out to be more complicated. As Linda insinuates her way into the family’s orbit, she realises they are hiding something. If she tells the truth, she will lose the normal family life she is beginning to enjoy with them; but if she doesn’t, their son may die.
Superbly-paced and beautifully written, HISTORY OF WOLVES is an extraordinary debut novel about guilt, innocence, negligence, well-meaning belief and the death of a child.

Tying in with the cabin life of Linda’s family, the box also includes a container of Bogg’s Trail Butter. I’m not sure if all boxes came with the same flavor, or different flavors were included in other boxes, but I got their Mountaineer Maple variety, and it was amazingly good (and, at the time of this writing, completely gone).

As always, the book itself comes in a custom slipcase and is signed by the author.

You can find more information, and sign up for Powell’s Indiespensable by clicking here. But be warned, subscriptions sell out VERY quickly!

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