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Legendary, bestselling author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine, whom the New York Times Book Review calls “an extraordinary, vivid, empathetic writer,” returns to the Settlement for the next act in her award-winning, dynamic, and politically charged saga
Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves
978-0-8021-2418-0 • $17.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2015
“Quirky, intensely original . . . an intellectual page-turner . . . Chute combines strident political commentary with humor, surrealism, and inventive language. Her novel, like its author . . . is multilayered and complex, deeply critical of society but fiercely devoted to humans.”O Magazine
“Deeply felt, scorchingly funny.”Vanity Fair
It’s the height of summer, 1999, when the local newspaper, the Record Sun, receives numerous tip-offs from anonymous callers warning of violence, weapons stockpiling, and rampant child abuse at the nearby homeschool on Heart’s Content Road. Hungry for a big break into serious journalism, ingénue columnist Ivy Morelli sets out to meet the mysterious leader of the homeschool, Gordon St. Ongereferred to by many as “The Prophet.” Soon, Ivy ingratiates herself into the sprawling Settlement, a self-sufficient counterculture community that many locals fear to be a wild cult. Despite her initial skepticismnot to mention the Settlement’s ever-growing group of pregnant teenaged girlsIvy finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gordon.
Meanwhile, across town, Brianna, a gifted and disturbed teen with wild orange hair, paints her political and personal visions. At the behest of her brothers, Brianna joins the community. As her complicated, awkward relationship with Gordon unfolds, Brianna reveals herself to be a shy, yet passionate, individual, with a strange and troubling sexual past.
As the newcomers are drawn deeper into Settlement life, Gordon’s powerful magnetism and strange duality are exposed, and those rumors that led to his initial investigation seem, at times, to be all too possible realities. When the Record Sun finally runs its piece on Gordon, the exposure has a startling and unexpected effect on Settlement life and the world beyond it.