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Little wolves
Thomas Maltman
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Maltman follows his 2007 debut, The Night Birds, with this powerful novel set in 1987 Lone Mountain, Minn. When troubled teen Seth Fallon shoots and kills Sheriff Will Gunderson before committing suicide, Seth's widowed father, known as Grizz, struggles to understand his son's actions. Seth's substitute English teacher, Clara Warren, wife of the local Lutheran pastor, muses over the impending birth of her first child as she recalls the tales her father told her, all centered on an abandoned baby and the wolves who raised it. Seth came to see Clara, though she didn't answer the door, and she berates herself in hindsight for not preventing what came next. The town's strange custom of burying all suicide victims in a separate area angers Grizz as he tries to piece together Seth's life leading up to the shooting, while Clara becomes more obsessed in identifying her deceased mother, who may have once lived in Lone Mountain. Maltman skillfully evokes oppressive smalltown life and the far-reaching consequences of violence. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Seth Fallon is a troubled teen, reared by his father in a rural Minnesota community where secrets are impossible and forgiveness is slow in coming. The day that he sets out to gun down the sheriff, Seth stops first at the home of his high school English teacher, who sees him but doesn't answer the door, before the young man proceeds on his mission, then dies, presumably by his own hand, in a nearby cornfield soon after. A father's anguish at his son's death and a teacher's questions of faith and her own place in the events of the day form the crux of this dark and brooding novel, which probes the deaths of two men and the guilt of a community too ready to assign blame and punishment. Verdict Maltman's second novel (after the acclaimed The Night Birds) is a powerful mix of tragedy, myth, psychological thriller, and discovery told in a style so engaging that the reader might easily get caught up in the beauty of the words if the story itself were not so stunning. [See Prepub Alert, 7/22/12.]-Thomas Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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