We never heard of David Wroblewski before The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ended up on our desks, but he’s a name we’ll definitely be paying attention to from now on. Already garnering the admiration of bestselling authors and critics around the nation, his gorgeously written debut is a tour de force of storytelling about a shocking murder, a boy’s coming of age and the ineffable bond between a dog and its human.
Edgar Sawtelle is a young mute who helps his family raise the Sawtelle dogs (a breed distinguished by its uncanny intelligence) in rural Wisconsin. It’s an arduous life, but a satisfying one until the arrival of his paternal uncle, Claude, a mystifying mix of charm and menace. When Edgar’s father unexpectedly dies, the grief-stricken boy tries to prove that Claude played a role in the death, but his plan backfires—spectacularly. Now, forced to flee his home, Edgar comes of age in the wild with only three loyal dogs as his companions. But even as he and his dogs learn to survive on their own, his need to find his father’s killer turns him ever homeward, propelling the narrative with explosive energy that will have you breathlessly turning the pages until the final, extraordinary scenes.
Hardcover Book : 576 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers ( June 10, 2008 )
Item #: 12-554871
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.37inches
Product Weight: 20.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
A beautiful, bittersweet tale. Even if you are not an avid dog-lover (as me), you will find this story extremely engaging.
This book took my breath away to begin with,but toward the end,it seemed that the author must have received a call that said "either send it in today or return the money".I could have cried @ the ending of the book.Seemed they just cut it off without finishing it.Please Mr Wroblewski,wirte a sequel & tell "the rest of the story"
Reviewer: Linda J
I really loved this book, even though it is sad, it is so interesting. You won't regret reading it.
This is one of those books that you will not forget once you read it. The characters stay with you as they should in any great book.
I could not believe the awful ending to this book after all of the detailed reading I spent time on. I realize not every book can have a happy ending but the author should of had a different outcome for Edgar after his long journey that took alot of courage on his part and all of the heartache he endured..it just was not fair and left me feeling unsatisfied.
Reviewer: Karen H