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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Maltman Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 BirdsLittle Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Took my breath away…As rich in myth and metaphors as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “So good…Magical story, magical writing.”

    Twin Cities Pioneer Press

  • “At its heart, Little Wolves is a powerful mystery…With a lyrical style that is anything but ripped from the headlines, Maltman combines mythology and small-town claustrophobia to show how the roots of the violence were planted before Seth was born.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Powerful…Skillfully evoked…Maltman skillfully evokes oppressive small-town life and the far-reaching consequences of violence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A haunting, complex story…Hillary Huber’s narration is as sparse as the desolate German farming community where the events take place. She builds the suspense, slowly pulling away layers of secrets with a minimalist delivery. Her measured pace and unembellished narration engage the listener with this community and its mysteries.”

    AudioFile

  • “In gorgeous prose, Maltman conjures both the irrational suspicion and the heartwarming connections forged in a small town during times of trauma.”

    Booklist

  • “Smart thrills.”

    Library Journal

  • “Layered with literary and mythic allusions…A satisfying and unforgettable read.”

    School Library Journal

  • Little Wolves is beautifully written, both in the style of prose and pacing of the narrative.”

    Grand Rapids Herald-Review

  • Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/18/2014

    " A great read! This one is going to linger a few days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/14/2014

    " This book was hard to put down, but the ending seemed a little predictable. I really enjoyed the story and especially the writing. The author does a great job of bringing the area to life. I was especially happy with the farm descriptions. Very realistic. Thank you for not romanticising rural farm work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linnet | 2/9/2014

    " Clara and Logan move to northern Minnesota where he will take over the local Lutheran church, his first assignment as a new pastor. Grizz has lived in the little town his whole life, not happily. The three become entangled in the discovery of the secrets of the town when Clara becomes the teacher of Grizz's son, Seth, and Seth kills the town's sheriff and then commits suicide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 2/3/2014

    " Surprisingly good book with a real gothic feel. Small town tragedy strikes when a young man kills the local sheriff. The preacher's wife is hiding a secret... and searching for her past. Definitely worth the read. "

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About the Author

Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives in the Twin Cities area. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.”