Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward's younger sister, Cara.
Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father's fate together. Though there's no easy answer, question abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die...or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?
“Do you know when I found out I was pregnant with you I burst into tears? I didn't think I could possibly love another baby as much as I loved the one I'd already had. But the strangest thing happened when I held you for the first time. It was like my heart suddenly unfolded. Like there was this secret space I didn't even know existed, and there was room for both of you. Once my feelings were stretched like that, there was no going back. Without you, it just would have felt empty. I chose you both.”Georgie Ng
“You’ve got to admire a culture that uses a single gesture to say both thank you and I’m sorry.”Edward Warren
“The real power of a wolf isn’t in its fearsome jaws, which can clench with fifteen hundred pounds of pressure per square inch. The real power of a wolf is having that strength, and knowing when not to use it.”Luke Warren
“Hope and reality lie in inverse proportions, inside the walls of a hospital.”Georgie Ng
“Doubt is like dye. Once it spreads into the fabric of excuses you’ve woven, you’ll never get rid of the stain.”Georgie Ng
“This is just my way of pointing out that we people who leap without looking are not stupid. We know damn well we might be headed for a fall. But we also know that, sometimes, it’s the only way out.”Edward Warren
“There are no fairy tales in the wild, no Cinderella stories. The lowly wolf that seems to rise to the top of the pack was really an alpha all along.”Luke Warren
“Like a missing tooth, sometimes an absence is more noticeable than a presence.”Georgie Ng
“Scars are just a treasure map for pain you’ve buried too deep to remember.”Edward Warren
“Men. You can’t live with them . . . and you can’t legally shoot them.”Zirconia
“You have to reach the point of utter chaos before a new leader can emerge.”Luke Warren
“The scariest thing in the world is thinking that someone you love is giong to die.”Cara
“..as it turns out, being a grown up doesn't mean you're fearless. It just means you fear different things.”Cara
“She isn't crying, but I figure that's only a matter of time.Scars are just a treasure map for pain you've buried too deep to remember.”Edward Warren
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