The last few times I have been in the bookstore, I have looked at The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I almost bought it several times. Finally I picked it up from the library.
This is the story of a boy who was born mute and raised in a family that bred a fictional breed of dogs. Sawtelle dogs are like no other in their perception and abilities. When Edgar is an adolescent, his long lost uncle returns and tragedy strikes their family. Edgar, alone, learns what truly happened and flees with his dogs. With only his dogs as companions, he travels through the forest on a physical and emotional journey.
Wroblewski is a beautiful word painter. There are some very beautiful and poignant descriptions of Edgar's interactions with his dogs. In some ways, this was a coming of age story. In some ways it was magical. In some ways it was very dark. The story was very compelling. The ending was surprising and sad.
I came away from this book not quite sure how I felt about it. There were parts I really enjoyed reading. There were parts I wished I hadn't read. Edgar is a remarkable person. The Sawtelle dogs are remarkable dogs. The events that unfold are sometimes very dark and sad but sometimes hope-filled.
I think I would recommend this as a good read, but I think I'm ready for some light reading next.