And the 2014 All Iowa Reads Selection is...."Little Wolves" by Thomas Maltman
Congratulations to Thomas Maltman whose brilliant second novel will be the at the center discussions among hundreds of Iowans next year! Its themes resonate with current events even though it was written before the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newton, Connecticut.
Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980's during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
Thomas Maltman's first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, the Friends of American Writers Literary Award, and was also chosen by the American Library Association as an "Outstanding Book for the College Bound." Maltman holds an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives in the Twin Cities.
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