Jodi Picoult’s “Lone Wolf”

Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf is as emotionally-charged as her previous novels. If you like stories about nature and wild animals, you’ll find this one extremely interesting, educational, and engaging. Luke Warren, an environmentalist and conservationist, is determined to challenge a prevalent belief about wolves as predators that attack other animals and people for sport rather than mere survival. So he first integrates himself into a wolf pack in the zoo where he works, and then takes his experiment to the extreme level by moving to the woods in Canada and living with a pack of wolves for two years, becoming a member. His return to his human family and community is almost as hard as being accepted by the pack. Needless to say, it’s traumatic not only for him but for his wife and two children as well.

Personally, I would’ve regarded Luke Warren’s experiment as pure fiction, thus absolutely impossible, if Jodi Picoult didn’t mention in her acknowledgments a scientist named Shaun Ellis who’d written about his own experience in a book, The Man Who Lived with Wolves. Which is on my reading list, of course.

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