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A breakout book from Stephen Marche, The Hunger of the Wolf is a novel about the way we live now: a sweeping, genre-busting tale of money, morality, and the American Dream—and the men and monsters who profit in its pursuit—set in New York, London, and the Canadian wilderness.

Hunters found his body naked in the snow. So begins this astonishing new work of literary fiction. The body in the snow is that of Ben Wylie, the heir to America’s second-wealthiest business dynasty, and it is found in a remote patch of northern Canada. Far away, in post-crash New York, Jamie Cabot, the son of the Wylie family’s housekeepers, must figure out how and why Ben died. He knows the answer lies in the tortured history of the Wylie family who, over three generations, built up their massive holdings into several billion dollars’ worth of real estate, oil, and information systems, despite a terrible family secret they must keep from the world. The threads of the Wylie men’s destinies, both financial and supernatural, lead twistingly but inevitably to the naked body in the snow and a final, chilling revelation.

The Hunger of the Wolf is a novel about what it means to be a man in the world of money. It is a story of fathers and sons, about secrets that are kept within families, and about the cost of the tension between the public face and the private soul. Spanning from the mills of Depression-era Pittsburgh to the swinging London of the 1960s, from desolate Alberta to the factories of present-day China, it is a bold and breathtakingly ambitious work of fiction that uses the story of a single family to capture the way we live now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I read this book in basically a single sitting yesterday and have thought of little else since. It’s the kind of novel that makes me want to turn the last page and immediately turn it over and start reading it again. The Hunger of the Wolf is a modern masterpiece: The Great Gatsby for the new gilded age.”

    James Frey, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A dazzling virtuoso piece. Marche turns the making of a family’s fortune into a fascinating, bloody fairy tale.”

    Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

  • “Marche has created a stunning, evocative, and impressionistic account of the ascent of wealth in the twentieth century…The Hunger of the Wolf could be Marche’s breakthrough novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The nature of family bonds and wealth are at the heart of this spellbinding tale from Marche…Despite the novel’s account of their dramatic accumulation of a peerless fortune, the Wylies remain mysterious—not only to Jamie and to the public but also to one another. No word is out of place in this taut multigenerational tale, which takes some enjoyable supernatural turns—readers will be just as driven as Jamie to discover the mystery at the heart of the Wylie’s legacy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Author of the popular Esquire column ‘A Thousand Words about Our Culture,’ as well as much praised, edgy works like Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, Marche returns with a new book that’s au courant, blessed with a touch of the thriller, and billed as his breakout.”

    Library Journal

  • “Marche scrutinizes the rapaciousness of contemporary media moguls by cleverly reimagining them as actual wolves…An entertaining, curious journey into the beating black hearts that occupy the penthouse suites and those who aspire to join them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Stephen Marche

Stephen Marche is a novelist and culture writer. For several years he has written a monthly column for Esquire magazine, “A Thousand Words about Our Culture,” as well as regular features and opinion pieces for the Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, and elsewhere. His books include the novels Raymond and Hannah and Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, as well as the nonfiction work How Shakespeare Changed Everything. He lives in Toronto with his family.