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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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Nov 01, 2010

it was amazing
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Edgar Sawtelle is the mute son of Trudy and Gar, a pair of dog breeders living in rural Wisconsin in an almost idyllic atmosphere of heartland values. When Edgar is a young teenager, having recently been entrusted with his own litter of puppies to whelp and train, his father dies unexpectedly - and then suddenly, we're confronted with a very different book.

This is an amazing book on so many levels. As a long, absorbing, satisfying read. As a literary puzzle. As a warmhearted profile of a group of dogs that is at once clear-eyed and mystical. It is grounded in authentic human emotion and beautiful depictions of the natural world, yet it weaves in elements of the fantastic, and is unapologetic in inviting the reader to believe.

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