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Lone Wolf: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | February 28, 2012 | Hardcover

Lone Wolf: A Novel is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 7.
A life hanging in the balance . . . a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

Another tour de force by Picoult, Lone Wolf brilliantly describes the nature of a family: the love, protection, and strength it can offer—and the price we might have to pay for those gifts. What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1.3 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102740

ISBN - 13: 9781439102749

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read This was a book that we read and discussed with our local book club. It was educational in that we learned a lot about wolves that we did not know before. The story was engaging and brought out many of the topics that form our society today.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Sad I thought the tone of this book, was along the lines of i have lost my father, but the wolves look out for him. I became enthralled with how we look at wolves. the life of a wolf, and his Alpha. For me this book brought back a life of not having a lot. But the love of your father and what he does for a living. I think this book is something magical. You saw life from the perspective of the daughter who lost, as well as the wolves who lost. Can't stop reading it!
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated out of 5 by from I loved this book. It prompted me to buy Shaun Ellis's book The Man Who lived with Wolves" and brought me to a new understanding of those most elusive creatures (wolves) but it was also an interesting story too.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing as always! Just like all Jodi Picoult's novels, they all test the strength of a family, between parents and siblings. This novel is just like that, battles between the brother/sister and mom/step dad. You see what the siblings go through, from hatred to respect for each other, how they slowly start to open up to each other after so many years. I really enjoyed this book, just like all her others. Check it out!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Threw it in the recycle bin today.... This book was a SAD attempt to give us something new. It was very formula Picoult. The ending was evident by the end of the first chapter. I am very disappointed - I am a loyal fan and have read all the books....this by far was the BIGGEST waste of time and money. BHAA!
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Winner for Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult has another winner here. This time she writes about a family's experience dealing with end-of-life issues. I don't think this is her best work, preferring My Sister's Keeper and House Rules, but she deals with the multiple issues in this book with her usual skill. I find that she always does her research when writing her novels and always deals with sensitive issues with such skill. You learn quite a bit about the behaviour of wolves in this books and how close to human behaviour they really are.
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teffific Book! I couldn't put this book down! I can only imagine how much research Jodi Picoult needed to do in order to create a story involving brain injuries and wolf characteristics and habits - and sound plausible! I highly recommend this novel, whether you're a fan of Picoult's books or not. I think this is one of her best. My way of telling a good story is often whether I care deeply about the characters and what happens to them. Believe me, I did care. Enough to need a kleenex box. Caroline
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good read Her books are becoming a bit "formula" but I can't seem to get enough of them. Brother and sister fight, in court as usual, over guardianship of their brain-damaged and comatose father. One wants to pull the plug, the other can't bear to let him go. I had a hard time putting this one down and would recommend it as a good read. The insight into wolf behavior is a bonus.
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated out of 5 by from Sounds like an intense story Erica - enjoy :)
Date published: 2012-03-02

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Lone Wolf: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1.3 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102740

ISBN - 13: 9781439102749

About the Book

Twenty-four-year-old Edward Warren, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism or revenge?

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Lone Wolf CARA Seconds before our truck slams into the tree, I remember the first time I tried to save a life. I was thirteen, and I’d just moved back in with my father. Or, more accurately, my clothes were once again hanging in my former bedroom, but I was living out of a backpack in a trailer on the north end of Redmond’s Trading Post & Dinosaur World. That’s where my father’s captive wolf packs were housed, along with gibbons, falcons, an overweight lion, and the animatronic T. rex that roared on the hour. Since that was where my father spent 99 percent of his time, it was expected that I follow. I thought this alternative beat living with my mom and Joe and the miracle twins, but it hadn’t been the smooth transition I’d hoped for. I guess I’d pictured my dad and me making pancakes together on Sunday morning, or playing hearts, or taking walks in the woods. Well, my dad did take walks in the woods, but they were inside the pens he’d built for his packs, and he was busy being a wolf. He’d roll around in the mud with Sibo and Sobagw, the numbers wolves; he’d steer clear of Pekeda, the beta of the pack. He’d eat from the carcass of a calf with wolves on either side of him, his hands and his mouth bloody. My dad believed that infiltrating a pack was far more educational than observing from afar the way biologists did. By the time I moved in with him, he’d already gotten five packs to accept him as a bo
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A life hanging in the balance . . . a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

Another tour de force by Picoult, Lone Wolf brilliantly describes the nature of a family: the love, protection, and strength it can offer—and the price we might have to pay for those gifts. What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.

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