Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Exquisite and adventurous" -- Bustle , "11 New Fiction Books You Need"

"Told with brains and heart" --Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

"Bristles with charm and curiosity" --Winston Groom, New York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump

"A wholly original and superbly crafted work of art, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a masterpiece of the imagination." --Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List and Sweet Forgiveness

"Charlotte's Web for grown-ups who, like Weylyn Grey, have their own stories of being different, feared, brave, and loved." --Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

Finding magic in the ordinary.

In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn't like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn't like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn's unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn't care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she's known that a relationship with him isn't without its risks, but as anyone who's met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you'll wish he'd never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey's life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn't stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary's front door.

2018 Ohioana Book Award finalist
Book of the Month Club pick for October 2017

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250112040
Branch Call Number: FIC Lang
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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AnnabelleLee27 Jun 27, 2018

A strange, poignant, magical book with superbly drawn quirky characters (human & animal). A novel about life, love, nature, belonging, and the unexpected. I loved the premise (a boy raised by wolves who has a mysterious talent and a big heart) and the distinctive voices of the different characters - a quick, fun, and surprisingly touching read.

May 08, 2018

if i could give this MORE than 5 stars, i would! best novel i've read in a long time. beautiful story and writing as well. heartwarming and dreamy. i love reading books on health issues, some history, murder mysteries, people saving the world... all very entertaining, but Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances was exceptional and unique. i stopped buying books long ago and prefer to just borrow from the library, but if i did still buy books, this would be one of them. looking forward to more from this author.

DPLalyssab Mar 08, 2018

Sweet, light story about a man with magical capabilities to control the weather and the lives he impacts. A love story.

Feb 16, 2018

A whimsical fairy-tale-like story with a lovable, memorable protagonist, Weylyn Grey. Weylyn was orphaned as a young boy and taken in and raised by a wolf-pack. He also has odd talent for affecting nature in unexplainable ways. The story is told through the eyes of the people Weylyn meets and his effect on their lives.

Feb 03, 2018

This is a beautifully written story. The author creates an intricate woven timeline of different characters' points of view providing a bigger scope of understanding of who Weylyn (the central character) is through his relationships and experiences. This style also provided insight into how other's lives were effected by Weylyn, often changing their outlook on some aspect of their own life and the world around them.

There were 2 messages that resonated with me after reading this novel.
1)People/things/experiences have a way of coming back to you in some manner so it's never too late to follow your dreams or path.
2)Nature is powerful and beautiful and mysterious so it is important to live in harmony with it.

I enjoyed reading this book and discussing it with others as it is a thought-provoking story full of emotion. I hope to read more work by this author in the future.

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