Kiss of the Wolf by Jim Shepard

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When this spare, suspenseful tale opens, Joanie Mucherino has recently been abandoned by her husband, and she is trying to cope while dealing with her eleven-year-old son, Todd, and her comically tactless and intrusive Italian family. To complicate matters, Joanie is now "available" in the eyes of Bruno Minea, a family friend with shadowy connections whose twenty-year passion for her has been flattering but faintly frightening. All of these relationships are transformed one night when Joanie and Todd kill a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident and then discoverstep-by-step, to their horror - that they will keep the act a secret. As the tension between them mounts, it becomes clear that Joanie not only has entangled her son in a web of guilt but also has enmeshed the two of them in a slowly closing net of suspicion and terror.

About Jim Shepard

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Jim Shepard is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including the collections Like You'd Understand, Anyway; Love and Hydrogen; and Batting Against Castro, as well as the novels Project X and Nosferatu. He has won the Story Prize and been nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Williams College.
Published February 1, 1994 by Harcourt. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joanie Muhlberg is a good woman who makes bad choices, choices like Gary Muhlberg and Bruno Minea.

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Publishers Weekly

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Shepard's gritty, effective fourth novel (after Lights Off in the Reptile House ) opens quietly as a slice-of-life story about an Italian-American family in Connecticut. Joanie Mucherino's husband has

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In shock when her husband walks out with no more explanation than a scrawled note tucked under the telephone, Joanie Mucherino lives in the bell jar of depression: nothing but white noise and white silence.

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