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Familiaris

David Wroblewski

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Religious & spiritual fiction

The new novel from the author of the million copy international bestseller, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

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'An epic novel... David takes us on an extraordinary journey that brilliantly interweaves history, philosophy, adventure, and mysticism to explore the meaning of love, friendship and living your life's true purpose' Oprah Winfrey

'A story-telling bonfire as enthralling in its pages as it is illuminating of our fragile and complicated humanity. Familiaris is as expansive and enlightening a saga as has ever been written' Tom Hanks

'Impossibly wise, impossibly ambitious, impossibly beautiful' Richard Russo

'An American tour de force' Colum McCann

Spring 1919, and John Sawtelle's imagination has got him into trouble...again. Now John and his newlywed wife, Mary, along with their two best friends and their three dogs, are setting off for Wisconsin's north woods, where they hope to make a fresh start - and to live a life of meaning, purpose, and adventure. But the place they are headed for is far stranger and more perilous than they realize, and it will take all their ingenuity, along with a few new friends - human, animal, and otherworldly - to realise their dreams.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, mysterious and enchanting, Familiaris takes readers on an unforgettable journey from the halls of a small-town automobile factory, through an epic midwestern firestorm and an ambitious WWII dog training program, examining the dynamics of love and friendship, the vexing nature of families, the universal desire to create something lasting and beautiful, and of course, the species-long partnership between Homo sapiens and Canis familiaris.

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Praise for Familiaris

  • "Suppose you could do one impossible thing," John Sawtelle says in David Wroblewski's stunning new novel Familiaris. What would you do? Clearly, what the author would do and has done is write this impossibly wise, impossibly ambitious, impossibly beautiful book. - Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winner

  • Tender, ambitious, fierce, deeply human, and of course wonderfully canine, David Wroblewski's second novel is an American tour de force. A story spun out over generations, to be read for generations, this is a big brave book that is oldfashioned in the very best sense of the word - Colum McCann, National Book Award winner

  • I adore Familiaris. David Wroblewski is such a wonderfully inventive writer, he knows so much - how to test a tractor, how to make a table, how to borrow money, how to see the future - but best of all he is a writer of extraordinary characters, human and canine, who will take up residence in your mind and heart. A dazzling and irresistible novel - Margot Livesey

  • [A] most enchanting debut novel. A great, big, mesmerising read. Pick up this book and expect to feel very, very reluctant to put it down - New York Times, praise for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • I read it last summer and I could not stop - Audrey Niffenegger, Guardian (Books of the Year), praise for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • A big-hearted novel you can fall into, get lost in and finally emerge from reluctantly - Washington Post, praise for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - Stephen King

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