The Wolf Border

The Wolf Border

Book - 2015
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For almost a decade, zoologist Rachel Caine has lived a solitary existence far from her estranged family in England, monitoring wolves in a remote section of Idaho as part of a wildlife recovery program. But a surprising phone call takes her back to the peat and wet light of the Lake District where she grew up. The eccentric Earl of Annerdale has a controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, and he wants Rachel to spearhead the project.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062208477
Branch Call Number: Fiction / Hall, Sarah
Characteristics: 431 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 24, 2018

After completing her collection of short stories, Madame Zero, I rushed back the main branch to pick up The Wolf Border. While it too has moments of visceral realism, which is something that characterizes Hall's writing, the novel doesn't offer any of the experimental narrative that Hall offers in the short story collection. Instead this portrait novel stays within the conventional boundaries in order to trace the complexity of family life, and the possibility of redemption therein, despite the often unresolvable mystery of the past's power on our present and future.

Sep 27, 2016

The book is not about wolves. Rather, the reintroduction of the grey wolf to Cumbria serves as background to the story of a slightly damaged zoologist who returns to her home from the US and reconnects with her brother. "Wolf Border" is perhaps an analogy for her place on the margin.

ontherideau Oct 12, 2015

Sadly, this story came to an end. I lingered over the last pages, wanting more.
Rachel's love for the wolves and love for her son was striking. My heart ached for both.

Oct 10, 2015

I struggled with this book. It took me a while to figure it out. Sarah Hall's writing style is monologue & I finally realised that it appeared as indifference to me. Even with the beautiful wolves in it , it never warmed up for me.

Aug 18, 2015

Another fantastic book from Sarah Hall, up there with Daughters of the North, The Electric Michelangelo, and The Beautiful Indifference. Strong prose links a wildlife researcher's work restoring wolves in the wild with the struggles of her unconventional family. There's a very slight sci-fi or alternative history element here (a recent major vote gets a different result), which only helps the reader imagine different ways of relating to wildlife and the world. The last third was unexpectedly suspenseful and kept me up very late!

Aug 09, 2015

Simply a great read. I really enjoy books about nature and the outdoors. In this case, it's refreshing to read a novel with a very strong female as a main character doing very untraditional work.

Aug 09, 2015

Well-researched; spectacular diction and detail. If you love wolves, you'll enjoy this book.


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