Little Wolves-Midwest Connections


A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town in this paperback edition of Maltman’s sleeper hit of the season.

“A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, Little Wolves is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf’s Plainsong. I loved this book.” — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding, and Refresh, Refresh

“Took my breath away…as rich in myth and metaphors as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“A work of nuance, craft, and tightly plotted narrative….Little Wolves is a portrait of two individuals seeking solace through religion and the law, and finding every opportunity thwarted by that most central tenet of Americana: nostalgia.” – Rain Taxi Review of Books

Set on a barren Minnesota prairie devastated by drought, Little Wolves is a close examination of tradition, in storytelling and faith, as well as the story of a town searching for answers after a young man commits a heinous crime.  The boy’s father, now an outcast from the small community, finds an unlikely ally in his son’s former teacher, whom the boy mysteriously visited the day of the murder.

Local legends–crafted, just as in ancient times, to explain loss and change–deepen the sense of place that Maltman’s deep ties to the Minnesota prairies and Northwoods bring to the book.  Above all, this is an elegiac love letter to Maltman’s home, even its darkest parts.


Thomas Maltman has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and lives in the Twin Cities.  His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, the Friends of American Writers Literary Award, and was also chosen by the American Library Association as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.”

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