History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
My review: 5 of 5 stars
Not at all what I was expecting, History of Wolves is the story of religion gone wrong. Atmospheric with a heavy sense of isolation both in place and with characters. From the beginning, the author creates a strong sense of foreboding using imagery and thematic elements. The characters are rich and the story is rife with meaningful metaphors. History of Wolves is both haunting and disturbing with a twist at the end that you don’t see coming. Recommended for fans of language and imagery-laden literature.
“You know how summer goes. You yearn for it and yearn for it, but there’s always something wrong” (p. 111).
“Maybe if I’d been someone else I’d see it differently. But isn’t that the crux of the problem? Wouldn’t we all act differently if we were someone else” (p. 150).