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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.
“Took my breath away...as rich in myth and metaphors as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”
“Part allegory, part mystery and pure poetry, layered with Norse mythology and Anglo Saxon narratives, Maltman’s second novel is dark, redemptive and very beautiful.”
“So good, you’ll forget about icy sidewalks and a dead battery...Magical story, magical writing.”
–Saint Paul Pioneer Press
“At its heart, Little Wolves is a powerful mystery....Maltman combines mythology and small-town claustrophobia to show how the roots of the violence [are] planted.”
–Christian Science Monitor
“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
“A powerful mix of tragedy, myth, psychological thriller, and discovery told in a style so engaging that the reader might easily get caught up in the beauty of the words if the story itself were not so stunning.”
–Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
“Layered with literary and mythic allusions.... A satisfying and unforgettable read.”
–School Library Journal
“A masterwork of fiction. Not just a good book that’s interesting on multiple levels, but a great book that will stand the test of time...I was completely spellbound. Add to this the mysteries surrounding the town and characters, and I felt, often, as though I were reading some contemporary version of Dostoyevsky.”
–Peter Geye, author of Safe From The Sea