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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic.
Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally.
Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.
Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.
Filled with breathtaking scenes, the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.
©2008 David Wroblewski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By Jill on 07-07-15

Worth Every Penny!

In a nutshell....this is a book you have to experience to gain a unique perspective on the trials and triumphs of a very special boy. Edgar's life was was extraordinary as was that of his furry friends, most notably Almondine, and the author did a great job of painting a verbal picture of their worlds. The narrator also gets a big shout out for bringing all of the characters to life in their own distinctive ways. Great book, great narrator....well worth the cost and time spent listening to it.

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By Donna on 10-24-15

Incomplete

Why bother writing a story if you can't put a plausible ending on it? Weak, weak ending. Almost a waste of time. Lots of potential but fell WAY short

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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