The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Wroblewski
Narrator: Richard Poe
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Fiction, Teen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: July 2015
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic

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 remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.

Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.

Reviews (2)

Written by Sonia R on August 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good reading! Soothing voice which is good because otherwise you don't focus on the book but the voice. Pauses a little long sometimes tho

Written by Jacob Hanahan on November 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book, liked the narrator but it muffled out once or twice for a second or two

Author Details

Author Details

Wroblewski, David

David Wroblewski grew up in rural Wisconsin, not far from the Chequamegon National Forest where The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is set. He earned his master's degree from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and now lives in Colorado with his partner, the writer Kimberly McClintock, and their dog, Lola. This is his first novel.