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A Death on the Wolf

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,257 ratings  ·  155 reviews
"The summer I turned sixteen I shot a man." With that simple declaration, Nelson Gody begins his story of the summer of 1969 and the events that would change his life forever.

Nelson lives with his widower father and his five-year-old sister on their small farm outside Bells Ferry, Mississippi. It's an idyllic world grounded in family and friendship, a world full of farm ch
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Epicea Books
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May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, coming-of-age
A flawed but enjoyable coming of age story. The writing is can be clumsy and overly descriptive - a good editor would have really helped. A few of the good characters - especially Nelson's first love, Mary Alice, and his father - are a little too perfect. Mr. Gody's Good Man status almost reaches an Atticus Finch kind of level, only without the nuances of Harper Lee's protrayal of the ultimate good father. And the friendship between Nelson and Frankie, which supposedly reached back to their earl ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would give it 5 stars for the read alone....kept me interested and up late at night (again) reading. I LOVED the characters...and there was definitely a Harper Lee-esque feel to the town, people, and cultural southern norms. The only issue I had with it...and I'll try not to give spoilers (although I think as much is mentioned in the summary) is, for it being 1969 rural Mississippi, I had a somewhat difficult time believing a 16 year old boy (during that time period) would deal so easily with ...more
Kate's Reads
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"A Death on the Wolf", by G.M. Frazier is a coming of age tale with danger and suspense thrown into the mix. It is the story of Nelson Gody, who is sixteen in the summer of 1969. He is living in Bells Ferry, Mississippi with his father and younger sister, Sachet. His Aunt Charity lives in the house next door on the family land.

What begins as a routine summer for Nelson, working at the gas station and hanging out with his friend Frankie on the Wolf river, quickly changes when Aunt Charity brings
Arthur O'dell
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebooks, owned
It’s. . . okay. Very much in the vein of Harper Lee. It’s a good story, with decent characterization. I found it very predictable, though. And the prose is just flat; this needed at least one more revision to really tighten up the style. If you like the genre, you will probably like this book.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I never write reviews but felt a need to do for this book. I liked this book but felt there were a few flaws that made me give it a low score. The story is captivating..but the telling of it seemed simple and to some degree lacking. There are situations that occur that don't always get told all the way through or seem to be just be cut off and onto the next situation. I didn't like that because you grow to like and care for the authors well drawn out characters and wonder how can they all just m ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've ever read. The synopsis at tells what the book contains. I'll tell you how much I loved it.

Gary Frazier has outdone himself this time. I was bowled over by this book. I rarely give five stars to a book, but I did for this one
because, for books in its genre, it covers so many issues and handles them with dignity.

The story takes place long before the use of the word "gay" in it's present day connotation. The only terms used for a homos
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pretty standard coming of age story. Nothing bad, per se, but nothing to make it stand out. The immediate family was fairly well fleshed out, all the supporting characters were pretty much just NPCs.
Heidi Harwitz
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet, but predictable at times. Slow moving, but not in an unpleasant way-kind of like an old-fashioned childhood summer.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is narrated by Nelson Gody, and is about his summer of 1969 growing up in Bells Ferry, Mississippi, the summer he turns 16. It is a coming of age story. Nelson, who lives with his widower father and younger sister, and next door to his widowed aunt, discovers how blessed his life has been at the same time he finds out it has also been very sheltered. I read some reviews indicating Nelson's father was simply too good to be true, but since I read this with the thought it was a type of m ...more
Claudia Harrington
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually rate base on what I like, instead of the writing. I believe this is a very smart book, very well researched. The tread of stories are all tight to the main Character. The characters are colorful and well developed. I specially like the relationship between Len and his father. This book addresses many topics as thing in the specific time, such as segregation, homosexual relations, economical status and what it was to live in the time. I was very surprise with this book, specially becaus ...more
eve marie boles
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book

This was a great coming off age story. I liked all the characters but could have had a bit more fleshing out. One example would be Mary Alice and Ned falling in "deep" love so soon. I would like a little more. I could have enjoyed more of all the characters (even the bad ones) actually, but it was a quick, easy, good read.
Jean. Mcloughlin
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a little of To Kill a Mockingbird

Loved the strong father/son relationship in this book! Also, enjoyed the character of this teenage boy and the support he gave his friend who had a different lifestyle.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written coming of age book. Good characters. Some were a more progressive & open minded than I would have expected for the time period. I enjoyed the story.
Gary Ickes
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful
Mark McDowell
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good read.
Mr David
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining book.

I found the writing entertaining and somewhat geared to a teenage reader. I found it well worth the time however.
David Zavesky
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought the book was guvinial written for the teen group. The plot was strange. Didn't really like it. ...more
Connie Arnold
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It held my interest and I enjoyed that even though dramatic things occurred, the author didn’t dwell on the tragic nature of them. Just a lovely read.
Carolyn J Fidgeon
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Totally enjoyed the story, didn't realised until the end that it was based on a true story. I plan on giving it to my 16 year old grandson
I read A Death on the Wolf to fulfill the prompt of “A book set in the decade you were born” for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

This book started off strong: “The summer I turned sixteen I shot a man.” I felt that, for the most part, it stayed strong throughout.

This is a coming-of-age tale that stars Nelson Gody, a boy in rural Mississippi who turns 16 in the summer of 1969. The summer of 1969 has other events in store, including NASA’s moon walk and Hurricane Camille, which figure into the
Garth Mailman
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since I've been reading two much longer and heavier books decided to try something lighter. Was not expecting to encounter another story involving young men coming of age with issues of homosexuality. Nearly 16-year-old Nelson is coming to terms with the fact that his best friend Frankie loves him, in the Biblical sense that Jonathan loved David. Nelson, on the other hand, is coping with his first infatuation with the blind girl spending the summer with his Aunt next door. In the Mississippi of ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a coming of age story - the summer that Nelson turns 16 in 1969 and all the turmoil that surrounds him during that summer. Nelson was such a well-rounded and interesting character. The other characters were also interesting and compelling. Maybe the father was a little too perfect, but I liked him and could believe the way he handled the events that transpire. Likewise, the aunt, the first-time girl friend, the best friend - I loved them all.

A lot happens in
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really liked some aspects of this book. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, the novel managed to treat the subjects of race, disability, gender, and homosexuality with grace and nuance. Not a small feat! Plus it was well plotted and paced. I was excited to discover what would happen next.

My problem (and this is a big deal for me, which is why I rated it so low despite having mostly enjoyed it) was the character development. The characters were by and large one-dimensional, with good guys who were
Cheryl M-M
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I mistakenly thought this would be another supernatural werewolf story, because of the word wolf in the title. I couldn't have been more wrong. Wolf refers to a place, a river to be precise. The story is in fact a combination of coming of age and nostalgic memories.
That might sound like a slow moving summer trip down memory lane, but this book manages to venture into quite a few sub-plots, which are hot topics. Domestic violence, male rape, homosexuality, racism and the discriminatory view of th
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a remarkably gentle and compassionate treatment of some very harsh realities. The coming-of-age story at its heart involves more than a teenager "growing up." Nelson Gody must deal with his own emerging sexuality as well as his best friend's homosexuality. He faces hatred, bigotry, the rape of a friend, and some tough moral choices. At the same time, he is excited about getting his driver's license and his first car while working at his summer job. It is an interesting combination of the ...more
Michele Whitecotton
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book really had a lot going for it. It was a free kindle book and the synopsis made it sound pretty good but it went beyond all expectations. I won't use the term "coming of age" in my review because every other person already did but it's about a boy who does a lot of growing up in one summer. He deals with the issues of young love, homosexuality, attempted murder, physical and sexual abuse, and a hurricane just to name a few. A couple reviewers said this book needed edited because the aut ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! I picked this up as a Kindle freebie, so expectations were not that high, but I loved this and will likely re-read.

This is a "coming of age" story taking place the eventful summer of 1969, beginning with the launch of Apollo 11 (first manned lunar mission) and ending with the destruction of Hurricane Camille. The narrator is a young man named Nelson, or Nels, and involves his family and friends. It is a tale of first love, family closeness, dealing with a best friend who finds h
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book won the 2012 Kindle Indie Book Award. Set in a small town in Mississippi in 1969, this a coming of age story of almost 16 year old Nelson Gody and his friend Frankie . Usually summers in this town near the wolf river are quite uneventful, but this summer is like no other, with one of the boys experiencing his first love, while the other begins to feel the need to share a secret that may threaten their friendship. It is also a summer that involves a stranger, a mystery, and the devasta ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a remarkable book! This is about two young boys and how they literally become men during the summer of 1969. Between "Jaybird" and "Camille" these two boys had experiences that literally transported them into adulthood almost overnight. Nelson and Frankie, best friends forever, what they experienced and had to go through that summer, wow! The book was morally correct in every way, not to be confused with politically correct, when reading this book you have to put yourself back to 1969 - . M ...more
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