David Wroblewski’s debut novel opens with mute Edgar Sawtelle living with his family in remote northern Wisconsin. The idyll is upset by Edgar’s father’s death and young Edgar’s suspicion that his uncle had a hand in his father’s death. Trying but failing to prove his uncle’s complicity, Edgar flees into the wilderness with three young dogs. Eventually, of course, our young protagonist must face the musicwhatever the song is. Richard Russo blurbs, I doubt we’ll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
. David Wroblewski’s got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it.