Once There Were Wolves (Hardcover)
In a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, Inti Flynn and her team of wolf biologists have reintroduced wolves into the landscape in a rewilding effort. Amidst sometimes violent conflict with local farmers who fear the wolves’ return, Inti must confront the bleak and seemingly endless mess that is the present, while being haunted by the ghosts of her past and her own fears over facing her future. Inti yearns to stay in the wild with her wolves even as she consistently has to deal with humans, butting heads with the closed-minded, frightened locals and sparring with the enigmatic police chief after a resident’s disappearance is blamed on the wolves. But no battle she wages is as powerful as the one fought between her past self that believed in the good in humans, and the broken, pain-riddled, disillusioned person she is now. The way McConaghy writes that journey packs a multitude of intense, beautiful punches that you won’t soon forget. Her language as the mystery unfolds will bring Scotland’s frozen forests to life around you in this poignant story that’s both a love letter to wolves and the wildness of the wilderness, and to incalculably deep character exploration. It will leave you stunned.— From Karen's Picks
From the author of the beloved national bestseller Migrations, a #1 IndieNext pick and Amazon's Best Novel of 2020, a gorgeous and pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but Aggie, too, unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.
Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed—inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did? And what will Inti do when the man she is falling for seems to be the prime suspect?
Propulsive and spell-binding, Charlotte McConaghy's Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves—if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.
About the Author
Charlotte McConaghy is an author based in Sydney, Australia. Her debut novel, Migrations, was published around the world.
Praise for Once There Were Wolves:
"Once There Were Wolves is one of those very rare, special novels that changes you as you read, which you do as slowly as you can because you want to savor it, except the pages keep turning furiously because the story is so thrilling and so powerful. It’s also funny and warm and perfectly crafted with some of the best characters I have ever read. I will be enthusiastically recommending this novel to everyone forever. Charlotte McConaghy has cemented herself as a sure-thing, must-read writer for me."
—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
Praise for Migrations
“True and affecting, elegiac and imminent…[Filled] with suspense and surprises, parceled out so tantalizingly that it took disciplined willpower to keep from skipping down each page to see what happens.”
—The Washington Post
“Visceral and haunting…This novel’s prose soars with its transporting descriptions…Migrations is a nervy and well-crafted novel, one that lingers long after its voyage is over.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Powerful…Vibrant…Unique…The novelistic equivalent of an energizing cold plunge.”
“Suspenseful, atmospheric…As much a mystery as an odyssey.”
“Thrilling…A detailed portrait of a woman on the cusp of collapse, consumed with a world that is every bit as broken as she is.”
“Gripping…By merging cli-fi and nature writing, the novel powerfully demonstrates the spiritual and emotional costs of environmental destruction.”
“A good nautical adventure…Migrations moves at a fast, exciting clip, motored as much by love for ‘creatures that aren’t human’ as by outrage at their destruction.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“[A] tantalizingly beautiful epic.”
“You can practically hear the glaciers cracking to pieces and the shrill yelps of the circling terns.”
“At a time when it feels like we’re at the end of the world, this novel about a different kind of end of the world serves as both catharsis and escape.”
“An ode to our disappearing natural world.”
“This page-turner is captivating, enlightening and surprisingly full of hope.”
“Gorgeous…A personal reckoning that cuts right to the heart. This beautiful novel is an ode—if not an elegy—to an endangered planet and the people and places we love.”
“Migrations is a gripping tale that ultimately celebrates the beauty and resilience of the creatures—human and animal—that endure.”
"Migrations is as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read. This is an extraordinary novel by a wildly talented writer."
—Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven
"This novel is enchanting, but not in some safe, fairy-tale sense. Charlotte McConaghy has harnessed the rough magic that sears our souls. I recommend Migrations with my whole heart."
—Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord and March