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The Tenderness of Wolves

Penney, Stef (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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THE FASCINATING TRUE STORY OF PETER VON ZIEGESAR'S LIFE OF PRIVILEGE MIRRORED BY THAT OF HIS HALF BROTHER OF THE SAME NAME, A HOMELESS SCHIZOPHRENIC MAN AND FORMER VIOLIN PRODIGYPeter von Ziegesar had just moved to New York and was awaiting the birth of his first child when a dark shape stepped from the looking glass of his past onto a Greenwich Village street. The Looking Glass Brother is Peter von Ziegesar's remarkable memoir of a life that began in the exquisite enclaves of Long Island's Gilded-Age families and is now lived, in part, as the keeper of his homeless and schizophrenic stepbrother, Little Peter. The Looking Glass Brother is a feast of memories from one of the last, great estates on Long Island's Peacock Point. Summers were filled with the glistening water of the Long Island Sound, pristine beaches, croquet games, butlers in formal wear serving dinners, and an endless stream of cocktails. When, after a string of affairs, Peter's father left his mother and remarried, the idyll was broken and several stepchildren, including Little Peter, entered von Ziegesar's life. Little Peter was an angelic and brilliant young boy, a violin prodigy called by a teacher "the next Paganini," who, during adolescence, spiraled down to become one more homeless man living on the street. In this big-hearted memoir, Peter von Ziegesar mixes memories of life on Peacock Point with the turbulent joys of urban fatherhood and the responsibility he feels for his brother, a man with the same name as his, but who lives a desperate and very different life.
Authors: Penney, Stef
Title: The tenderness of wolves
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.
Characteristics: 371 p. ;,25 cm.
ISBN: 9781416540748
1416540741
Statement of Responsibility: Stef Penney
Subject Headings: Trappers Crimes against Fiction. Missing persons Fiction. Frontier and pioneer life Canada Fiction. Canada History 1841-1867 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Trappers
Missing persons
Frontier and pioneer life
LCCN: 2006100796
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Jun 26, 2014
  • htliang rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was totally captivated with this story. I almost felt that I was the one trudging through the blowing snow looking for my lost son.

I felt that the book did a wonderful job of depicting life in Canada as it truly was in the mid 1800s. There were decent people and there were ruthless people during those times - both white and native. The policies of the Hudson's Bay Company were also examined in an impartial way. There were some truly terrible practices that were used to keep the native people tied to the Company but there was also a certain amount of assistance given.

I am looking forward to reading future novels written by this author.

May 03, 2014
  • elos rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A mystery with a Canadian setting and just drenched in atmosphere. I feel like I found a little gem.

Jan 26, 2014
  • dmasuo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Loved it.

"In 19th-century Canada, a local trapper has been viciously killed, his throat cut and his head scalped. A teenage boy who was friends with the dead man is missing, and his footsteps lead away from the cabin into the cold, unforgiving wilderness. Determined to find him, his mother sets out from their snow-covered settlement, aided by a half-Indian trader. But they aren't the only ones interested in finding the boy; others are on the move, too. This debut novel - written by an agoraphobic author who had never been to Canada - won Britain's prestigious Costa Book of the Year Award in 2006." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=700674

Oct 29, 2013
  • tinacat1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great read! I got totally sucked in! couldnt put it down!

Apr 11, 2013
  • justvolks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Moody, atmospheric, and touching.

Nov 17, 2012
  • erinsnest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nov 11 2012.....haven't started this yet, another find while shelving books as a volunteer at the library....read the first page and had to bring it home!......after reading the comments, I can hardly wait to get started....must finish Farley's "Born Naked" first though!......Nov 12 2012 started it.......loving it......Nov 17 2012.....thoroughly enjoyed reading this, but.....not at all like I expected it to be, or end......I am going to start her next novel "The Invisible Ones" right away. I am definitely intrigued by her writing!

Nov 04, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part mystery - part history. A very enjoyable multi layered murder mystery that takes place in the mid 1800's during a cold Canadian winter. Great atmosphere and plot. I found I was more interested in why the murder took place than in who actually did it. I look forward to this author's new book - The Invisible Ones.

Sep 06, 2012
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Capturing the reality of winter in Canada during the 1860's this novel is more than a murder mystery. It is about the inner workings of the minds of the characters told in each of their unique voices. This not only catapults the reader into the action of the story but brings to fiction some of the most wonderfully drawn people and setting that I have ever encountered. The ending is not the conclusion but the beginning in so many ways.

Jul 13, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I've read all year! I was skeptical at first but by the second page, I was IN IT TO WIN IT! It was exciting, dangerous, sweet, and I was immediately caught up in the story and attached to the characters. It was one of the those books that you can't bear to put down, but can't bear to read because then it will have been read and will be over and you'll never get to read it for the first time ever again! Did I mention that I really liked it? Because I did.

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Dec 16, 2010
  • notTom rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An isolated woodsman is brutally murdered in the small town of Dove River in the bleak and snow-ravaged wilderness of Northern Canada in 1867. Suspicion immediately falls upon the neighbor's missing son. But as the investigation deepens, the case takes a bizarre turn and reveals secrets that cannot stay hidden forever.

This book was the Winner of the 2006 Costa Award, in large part due to the author's terrific description of setting.

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Feb 25, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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