A spellbinding collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of History of Wolves.
'A powerhouse of a first story collection notable for its temerity and its skilled combination of humour and insight'
New York Times Book Review
The unknowable wisdom of a baby; two teenagers with plans to build a time machine;the unnerving relationship between a man and his dangerous dog; a bumpy reunion between two childhood friends . . . These are stories about how people grow together and pull apart, the strangeness of lives lived at close quarters. Envy, distrust, confidence, collusion, hope - in this remarkable collection, Emily Fridlund delves into the small lies and large truths that make up our lives.
Selected by Ben Marcus as winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
Emily Fridlund's language is generous and precise, her story grief-tempered and forcefully moving. History of Wolves is the loneliest thing I've read in years, and it's gorgeous. These are haunted pages
So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth
As exquisite a first novel as I've ever encountered. Poetic, complex and utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful
One of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year - NEW STATESMAN on HISTORY OF WOLVES
Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty - FINANCIAL TIMES on HISTORY OF WOLVES
A writer with a great future ahead of her...her prose is exquisite
- Louise Doughty
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her collection of stories, Catapult, was chosen by Ben Marcus for the Mary McCarthy Prize. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. History of Wolves is her first novel.