Once There Were Wolves
By Charlotte McConaghy
Why this book?
I’ve been a fan of Australian author Charlotte McConaghy since reading her first novel, Migrations—and Once There Were Wolves is just as beautifully written and page-turning, with the same reverence for nature and its creatures. The novel is about biologist Inti Flynn, who leads a team in Scotland to reintroduce gray wolves to the Highlands, bringing along her identical twin, Aggie. Like the wolves, Inti and Aggie are closely bonded, instinctually and fiercely protective of each other. Aggie has suffered a trauma, and Inti herself lives with a condition called “mirror-touch synesthesia,” in which her brain causes her body to viscerally feel what she witnesses happening to any sentient being, human or animal. With these unforgettable characters, including the wolf families, Once There Were Wolves is sure to inspire readers to protect what we’re in danger of losing.
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