The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

By David Wroblewski

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4
From 635 Ratings


An Oprah's Book Club Pick

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“A mystery, a thriller, a ghost story, and a literary tour de force . . . an authentic epic, long and lush, full of back story and observed detail . . . the author exercises a certain magic that catches and holds our attention, a magic that is undeniably his own.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family’s farm in remote northern Wisconsin, where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy mysteriously strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by three yearling dogs. He comes of age in the wild, struggling for survival, until the day Edgar is forced to choose between leaving forever and returning home to learn the truth behind what has happened.

Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.


  • Loved this book

    By KlpBuckeye
    Engaging throughout. Sad. Well written.
  • Edgar Sawtelle

    By brassfield0401
    Interesting story, quite unique. Good character development and a good plot.
  • Edgar Sawtelle

    By thisnicknameistaken230-3948-0
    A very uneven book. Parts of the book are beautifully written, so this write has promise. But this feels like a couple of different books (at best) with an ending that's so abrupt it feels like it was written by someone else.
  • Wonderful

    By RacieRamos
    Great book!
  • So disappointing

    By W8lossheidi
    Beautifully written at times. However storytelling skills are tragically missing. I’m left confused, disheartened, and completely disappointed. Seriously, was this book actually written by a dog?
  • Story of Eric Sawtell

    By Robert Shearer
    Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Superbly descriptive. Throughout compassionate. I am in awe of this achievement.
  • Outstanding

    By mokw
    humbling, magnificent, generous.
  • Best book I ever read with the worst ending imaginable

    By Stephen Bennett
    I can't believe I wasted an entire week on a book with such a weak and inconclusive ending. I should have realized its limitations when it started blending a lovely homespun tale with supernatural offshoots. Not withstanding its beautiful prose and heart rending character development, I can't imagining selecting another work from this author. Oprah you let me down. Oh well ,this is not the first time.

    By bunz96
    I feel the story could have been shorter but it held my interest =) BUT don't waste your time reading this behemoth! It starts to really grab you at the end & it doesn't explain what the character was hiding, what happens with Edgar, his mom Trudy & the dogs?? HATE THE ENDING!!!!!!!
  • A must read!

    By girlwithbrowndog
    Beautifully written! I'm particular & distracted easily, so it's rare that I find a story that captures me like this one has. It's been such a pleasant escape. Thank you!