Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

The evening book group will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. to discuss The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. It is partly a mystery, partly an adventure, and also, a kind of a western (a Canadian furtrapping kind of western, not the cowboy kind). I recommend it for its fast pace and great characterizations.

The Tenderness of Wolves won the Costa Award (you may remember it being called the Whitbread Award) which is given to the most enjoyable book of the year by a writer based in the UK or Ireland. I'm going to start reading more of the Costa Award winners because I just realized that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, which I also really enjoyed, is a Costa winner too.

Stef Penney had an interesting interview with the Guardian the morning after she won the Costa.

You can read the publisher's discussion questions here.

1 comment:

Ceska said...

The author captured the rugged territory of Canada. You felt as though you were trekking the difficult terrain and enduring the exceptionally cold temperatures. The characters were very interesting and all seemed to have inner secrets. Mrs. Ross will endure anything to find her son. I was disappointed in the way Mrs. Ross treated the Indian at the end when she no longer required his help in their mission.