By David Wroblewski
The amazing debut novel that turned a contemporary classic
Born mute, talking basically in signal, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic lifestyles along with his mom and dad on their farm in distant northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and proficient a fictional breed of puppy whose impressive reward for companionship is epitomized by means of Almondine, Edgar's lifelong buddy and best friend. Edgar turns out poised to hold on his family's traditions, but if disaster moves, he unearths his once-peaceful domestic engulfed in turmoil.
Forced to escape into the substantial barren region mendacity past the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age within the wild, battling for his survival and that of the 3 yearling canines who accompany him, until eventually the day he's compelled to select from leaving endlessly or returning domestic to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.
Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful imaginative and prescient rendered within the falling rain—The tale of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation at the limits of language and what lies past, a brilliantly creative retelling of an old tale, and an epic story of devotion, betrayal, and braveness within the American heartland.