The Hunger of the Wolf

The Hunger of the Wolf

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First Canadian edition.
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Hunters found his body naked in the snow.

So begins this breakout book from Stephen Marche, whose last work of fiction was described by the New York Times Book Review as "maybe the most exciting mash-up of literary genres since David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas." The body in the snow is that of Ben Wylie, the heir to America's second-wealthiest business dynasty, and it is found in a remote patch of northern Canada. Far away, in post-crash New York, Jamie Cabot, the son of the Wylie family's housekeepers, must figure out how and why Ben died. He knows the answer lies in the tortured history of the Wylie family, who over three generations built up their massive holdings into several billion dollars' worth of real estate, oil, and information systems despite a terrible family secret they must keep from the world. The threads of the Wylie men's destinies, both financial and supernatural, lead twistingly but inevitably to the naked body in the snow and a final, chilling revelation.

The Hunger of the Wolf is a novel about what it means to be a man in the world of money. It is a story of fathers and sons, about secrets that are kept within families, and about the cost of the tension between the public face and the private soul. Spanning from the mills of Depression-era Pittsburgh to the Swinging London of the 1960s, from desolate Alberta to the factories of present-day China, here is a bold and breathtakingly ambitious work of fiction that uses the story of a single family to capture the way we live now: an epic, genre-busting tale of money, morality, and the American Dream.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443422871
Branch Call Number: FIC March
Characteristics: 253 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 01, 2015

i like the plotline but the execution leaves something to be desired, the story of a ultra rich man lying in the snow begs to be discovered, if only to find out why hes lying there, and thats where the story breaks down, i found it kinda dry almost as an biography telling facts both of his life interspered with the lives of Ben and the Wylies family. At the same time giving us a glimpse of how many of the very rich live and interact while Ben and his family were exceptions to the rule in many ways. As i said its has a very intersting plotline but the writing as he does leaves the reader wondering if there is more. a 2 out of a 5

Pippi_L May 15, 2015

I loved this book! The writing is fabulous, especially the searing commentary on the uber-rich.

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