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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Maltman Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781482984316
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma Campbell | 2/3/2014

    " Chosen to read an Advance Uncopyedited Edition of this book there is a good story at the true heart. Loosely based upon two actual events around the town of Morgan Minnesota. The story with characters that are very well developed, allow, the reader to emotionally bond is a strong point of the book. While I knew the characters, I felt I was missing more of the details in the plot. The involvement of a small town, a teacher, and an outcast who was bullied, may have been just a little too quick to read after the tragedy in Newtown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book! It's rare that I pick up a book at the library or bookstore having done no prior research. I am so happy something led me to this one. I can't wait to read his other work "Nightbirds." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 1/24/2014

    " Little Wolves is a complicated novel, one that can be read and enjoyed on several levels. A "literary" mystery blended with myth, horror, fantasy and complicated relationships, it also touches on the very current young man with a weapon theme. Maltman's descriptive prose made the prarie sing . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book. Set in a small Minnesota prairie town in the late 1980s, various characters desperately try to hold their lives together in the face of tragedy. Well written, but couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to accept the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/12/2014

    " Haunting, intense, a mixture of folklore and violence in small town America. Well written, a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/19/2013

    " B. the plot was interested but disjointed, and only seemed to come together in the final chapters. the characters were just on the verge of being compelling. the prose was sometimes beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Perednia | 12/18/2013

    " Lyrical writing but convoluted plot that went completely OTT. Pity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 11/17/2013

    " A little flawed (resolution rushed!) but I enjoyed reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 11/8/2013

    " Even though I have a couple of nagging criticisms, I'm going to give up a 5-star review on this book. I just really like Thomas Maltman (Nightbirds was one of my favorite reads the year it was published) and his rendering of place and human complexity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudi Dewilde | 11/3/2013

    " In the backwater of the Bible belt of USA, a murder mystery unfolds. A twisted family chronicle laced with the local folklore delivers a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta Fleishman | 10/15/2013

    " Maltman can write. A delightful and descriptive wordsmith. Refreshing to get away from the formula driven pop writers today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 8/3/2013

    " A murder mystery/magical realism crossover with an interesting female central character. Well written, though it has a few minor structural problems that caused me to occasionally wonder where we were in the story. On the whole, immensely enjoyable for anyone willing to suspend disbelief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/5/2013

    " A promising story that didn't stand up to the potential I thought it held based on the first few chapters. I looked forward to the last page. Boring read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara Kelly | 5/22/2013

    " Beautifully written, suspenseful; weaves the story and language of Beowulf into a murder mystery. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla Mcmaster | 5/21/2013

    " Different take on small town Minnesota crime story. Some characters very well drawn, some not so much. Definitely worth the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Casey | 5/17/2013

    " never would have thought how the story was going to end and it ended with quite the climatic scene. very good book:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 4/23/2013

    " A dark story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 4/12/2013

    " Beautiful prose, intriguing characters, a simmering undercurrent of mystery, violence, and small town secrets. In a word: chilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes Muscoreil | 3/30/2013

    " i loved this book - this was so much more than a murder/mystery. The characters were all true to life and liked all the references to Beowulf. Could not put it down!Very dark, cold Minnesota small town. "

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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.”

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.