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Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations was my favorite book of 2020. Just one year later, her excellent Once There Were Wolves is a strong contender for the top spot on my 2021 list. Both novels have similar elements: a fierce female protagonist suffering a past trauma and whose passionate dedication to preserving the natural world leads her into peril. In this latest novel, Inti is an Australian biologist in rural Scotland. Part of a team trying to rehintroduce wolf packs back to the land, she is battling the entrenched local shepherds. She's also battling the demons of her past: a father who disappeared and a twin sister gone mute in the aftermath of a violent relationship. McConaghy is equally gifted at portraying the wonders of nature as she is the knife-edge tension between her characters. A super compelling read!— Michael
August 2021 Indie Next List
“Telling of the reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish highlands, Once There Were Wolves affirms the importance of our connections to the human and more-than-human worlds that sustain us, worlds we sever at our own peril.”
— Ben Platt, Jackson Hole Book Trader, Jackson, WY
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Blazing...Visceral" (Los Angeles Times) · "Exceptional" (Newsweek) · "Bold...Heartfelt" (New York Times Book Review) · "Thought-provoking and thrilling" (GMA) · "Suspenseful and poignant" (Scientific American)· "Gripping" (The Sydney Morning Herald)
From the author of the beloved national bestseller Migrations, a 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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
About the Author
Charlotte McConaghy is the author of the novels Migrations, a national bestseller that is being translated into over twenty languages, and Once There Were Wolves. She is based in Sydney, Australia.