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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

A book by David Wroblewski

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  • Mar 7, 2010
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Edgar Sawtelle lives on a remote farm in northern Wisconsin with his parents who breed and train dogs. Although he is a mute, he has a special relationship with his dog, Almondine, and life is good. But then a mysterious, long-lost uncle joins the family and everything changes.

This engrossing, lyrical novel is perfect for dog lovers and mystery fans and if you are a dog breeder or trainer, I think you will really enjoy the book, because it's filled with fascinating background information on the dog business. It's a simple story, cleverly-written with mounting suspense and a finale that left me breathless. (And with many questions, but most good books do that.)

This book moved me to tears many times and I was sorry when it ended. It's heartwarming, exciting, and I heartily recommend it.

Wonderful! Wonderful!

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March 07, 2010
It's great. I hope you like it.
March 07, 2010
"Perfect for dog lovers and mystery fans"...sounds like a good book for me!:) Thanks for sharing, I'll be on the lookout for this one!
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review by . August 05, 2010
Edgar Sawtelle is a young boy growing up on a farm who's parents raise a special breed of dog - Sawtelle dogs - and the losses and love that occur in his life and his parents' lives. What I found particularly appealing in reading the book is the emotional part the dogs play, so much so that some chapters are written from a particular dog's perspective. Being a dog lover, I found those chapters so in line with how I imagine dogs think and feel, and the boundless love they have for their …
review by . July 13, 2009
Pros: Strength of characters is prime, plot, pacing and imagery      Cons: Some points get a big draggy      The Bottom Line: I haven't run into characters so engaging in longer than I can remember, that is reason enough to read.  Recommended without reservation.      Despite the dull title, David Wroblewski’s story The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a quality read and especially so given that it is Mr. Wroblewski’s first …
review by . January 01, 2009
Well, I was beginning to think I was the only person having read this book that ended up quite disappointed in it...I figured it must just be my own fault for listening to all the hype and press and getting my hopes built up too high. I'm glad to see that it is NOT just me, but still completely disappointed that the book didn't offer me more.     I will say that I truly enjoyed the sections in the books that related specifically to the dogs. The more I read, the more each dog …
review by . September 19, 2008
From the moment I read the Publisher's Weekly starred review in June on The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski, I knew I had to read the book. It did take some time, but it was worth every moment. (I'll admit that I read some non-fiction in between--if for no other reason than to make the novel last longer!)    If you love animals--especially dogs--and believe in their power of communication and their ability to love, this book is a must read. I was entranced …
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A best-selling selection in Oprah's Book Club celebrates the ancient alliance between humans and dogs and follows the coming-of-age of speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death. Reprint. 500,000 first printing.
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ISBN-13: 978-0061374234
Author: David Wroblewski
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Ecco Press
Date Published: September 08, 2009
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