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Oprah’s Book Club Pick for Summer 2024

The follow-up to the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling modern classic THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, FAMILIARIS is the stirring origin story of the Sawtelle family and the remarkable dogs that carry the Sawtelle name.

It is spring 1919, and John Sawtelle's imagination has gotten him into trouble…again. Now John and his newlywed wife, Mary, along with their two best friends and their three dogs, are setting off for Wisconsin's north woods, where they hope to make a fresh start --- and, with a little luck, discover what it takes to live a life of meaning, purpose and adventure. But the place they are headed for is far stranger and more perilous than they realize, and it will take all their ingenuity, along with a few new friends --- human, animal and otherworldly --- to realize their dreams.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, mysterious and enchanting, FAMILIARIS takes readers on an unforgettable journey from the halls of a small-town automobile factory, through an epic midwestern firestorm and an ambitious WWII dog training program, and far back into mankind's ancient past, examining the dynamics of love and friendship, the vexing nature of families, the universal desire to create something lasting and beautiful, and, of course, the species-long partnership between Homo sapiens and Canis familiaris.

by David Wroblewski

  • Publication Date: June 11, 2024
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
  • ISBN-13: 9798212194297