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Inside the Wolf


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Amy Rowland is the author of two novels. The Transcriptionist received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Norman Mailer Center, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York Times, the Southern Review, the Iowa Review, Literary Hub, New Letters, and other publications. A former editor at the New York Times Book Review, she is currently a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Princeton University and the School of the New York Times.


"A cycle of "history, suffering, shame, again" rattles through "Inside the Wolf," Amy Rowland's wrenching sophomore novel, set in Shiloh, N.C....Ghost stories and folksy tales, as well as novels, embody a history worth exploring. If the truth is subject to debate, perhaps we're only left with stories to set us free. "Inside the Wolf" is a vital Southern novel that speaks to a violent American legacy."--New York Times Book Review

"Inside the Wolf is a compulsively readable meditation on regret, grief, and the love/hate relationship so many of us have with our home-places. Rowland's tight, propulsive prose carries us to a brilliantly realized place that examines concepts of history, myth, and folklore through the lens of a complex, endearing main character. This novel is hard to put down and stays with you long after the last page is turned."--Silas House, author of Lark Ascending

"At once elegiac and hopeful, Inside the Wolf is a raw, moving meditation on the dangerous myths we make as families and communities. A wise book, exquisitely written."--Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest and The Sun Walks Down

"Devastating and moving. An unsparing glimpse into a community fractured by its troubled past; a story populated by those seeking salvation from the traumas that haunt them. This is a novel that stuck with me long after I'd finished reading."--Nathan Harris, author of The Sweetness of Water

"There may or may not be wolves in North Carolina but they haunt Rachel, the narrator and, finally, the heroine of Inside the Wolf. I love the cunning structure of this novel and the wonderful intelligence with which Amy Rowland explores what it means to live in a place where everyone knows your past. I couldn't wait to see what her richly imagined characters would do next."--Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field

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