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David Wroblewski spent ten years writing his first novel, and then hit pay-dirt when it became an phenomenal best-seller and was also chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle centers on a family that raises very special dogs, with fourteen-year old Edgar—born mute, communicating by sign language—coming of age in an idyllic farm setting in rural Wisconsin. Tragedy strikes, and Edgar must flee to fight for his life until he can uncover the terrible truth about his father's death. In this interview David Wroblewski talks about how he combined elements of Shakespeare, ghost stories, The Jungle Book, and epic melodramas to create his intensely moving narrative.