When a book gets too much hype, I’m automatically suspicious. Could it really be as good as everyone says it is? One of the books everyone seems to be talking about lately is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, published by our good friends at Ecco. In simplest terms, it’s the story of a boy and his dog(s). But this work, by first-time novelist David Wroblewski, comes complete with echoes of Hamlet and meditations on family, faith, loyalty, and tragedy. Clocking in at 576 pages, it’s weighty but well worth it. As someone obsessed with my own pet, I was moved by Edgar’s relationship with his dog, Almondine, and impressed by how vividly Wroblewski expressed Edgar’s terror and turmoil.
Wroblewski read last night at McNally Robinson here in NYC and will be hitting Washington, the west coast, and the rest of the country in the coming days. Click here to check out his tour schedule and by all means, read this book that totally deserves every bit of hype.