12/20/16 The end of the year is fast upon us, time for a little summarizing and rumination. I’m delighted to see that one of the books I recommended for the INDIE NEXT list is the featured book for January: A History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. It’s set in northern Minnesota and focuses on a summer when the young heroine babysits for an unusual family, and unusual can also describe her own family. The narrative isn’t straight forward, the narrator uses that summer as the lens for telling, analyzing, evaluating, her life story. There’s no cliche in this moving, often painful, idiosyncratic tale.