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Little Wolves

by Thomas Maltman

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Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2013
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town.

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that's pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor's wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

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"Maltman skillfully evokes oppressive smalltown life and the far-reaching consequences of violence." - Publishers Weekly

"[Maltman] makes his leading characters so sensitive that you may shudder at the same revelations that so appall them." - Kirkus Reviews

"A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, Little Wolves is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I loved this book." - Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

"Little Wolves weaves the lives of a father, a son, a pastor's wife, and a community in this compelling mystery of murder and secrets.  His brilliant use of historical and mythical elements are combined with everyday life in ways that are hair-raising and true.  Maltman has a gift for framing unforgettable characters." - Elizabeth Cox, Author of The Slow Moon

"This novel churns with the tension of a building prairie thunderstorm. Tom Maltman knows that dark truths can be hidden under open skies, and he knows the secrets of the bloodstained ax in the barn." - John Reimringer, author of Vestments

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Thomas Maltman's essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and he lives in the Twin Cities. His first novel, The Night Birds, won several national awards, including an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American
Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an "Outstanding Book for the College Bound."

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