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Cover of Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Published: 
February 2021
Publisher: 
Soho Press
ISBN: 
978-1641291699

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Annie and the Wolves

A Novel
Author: 
Andromeda Romano-Lax

A modern-day historian finds her life intertwined with Annie Oakley's in an electrifying novel that explores female revenge and the allure of changing one's past.

Ruth McClintock is obsessed with Annie Oakley. For nearly a decade, she has been studying the legendary sharpshooter, convinced that a scarring childhood event was the impetus for her crusade to arm every woman in America. This search has cost Ruth her doctorate, a book deal, and her fiancé — but finally it has borne fruit. She has managed to hunt down what may be a journal of Oakley’s midlife struggles, including secret visits to a psychoanalyst and the desire for vengeance against the “Wolves,” or those who have wronged her.

With the help of Reece, a tech-savvy senior at the local high school, Ruth attempts to establish the journal’s provenance, but she’s begun to have jarring out-of-body episodes parallel to Annie’s own lived experiences. As she solves Annie’s mysteries, Ruth confronts her own truths, including the link between her teenage sister’s suicide and an impending tragedy in her Minnesota town that Ruth can still prevent.

Bio

Andromeda Romano-Lax is a student in the online Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) program at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

“A sharp, inventive story of perseverance.”

BuzzFeed Books

“Romano-Lax’s brilliantly conceived characters, delicate exploration of abuse and childhood trauma, and examination of vengeance and its power to heal will entrance from the very first page. Her latest is a tour de force that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.”

—Library Journal, Starred Review