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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 thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.
Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.
David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes--the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain--create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.
Title: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Publisher: New York, Ecco Press: 2008
ISBN Number: 0061374229
ISBN Number 13: 9780061374227
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: near fine Jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 000154
Description: 562pp. 8vo. Signed by author on title page. Initial fragile dust jacket has some rubbing at the extremities. Part of Volume 3 of the Powell's Books Indiespensable series. Accompanied by a set of loose cards that include an interview with the author, info on other books being published at that time, and a card signed by author Martha Sherrill in white ink .Dust jacket is protected with a Brodart archival cover. This is from the first printing of 22,000, not the subsequent Oprah Club edition.