Linda, the main character from Emily Fridlund’s “History of Wolves,” grew up on a commune where all the adults shared the responsibilities of making children. During high school, she is chosen to participate in an event called History Odyssey, where she chose wolves as her topic. The plot changes to revolve around another family, who has hired Linda to babysit their four-year-old daughter. Eventually, it becomes unclear, even to Linda, what role she plays in that new family.
- Linda, the protagonist of Emily Fridlund’s debut novel, spent her earliest years were spent on a commune where child-rearing duties were shared by all adults.
- It is not giving away too much to reveal that after ratcheting up the tension, Fridlund does not take readers to the sunless place many might guess.
- This novel of ideas reads like smart pulp, a page-turner of craft and calibration.
“As the plot pivots toward Linda’s growing attachment to the family across the lake, character becomes destiny.”