This werewolf novel is complex, ultimately sad, erotic, violent and scary. Like the vampire novels of Somtow it is deeply concerned with memory. In 1963 Carrie Dupre is researching a Depression era mass murderer and meets a very old man who is a werewolf and has multiple personality disorder. He moved to the Dakotas with his “family” of werewolves from Europe, even as a little boy he had MPD. He lived in Bedlam until he was ten, after he watched his mother raped to death when he was 2. His loyal governess as a 10 year old was Carrie Dupre's great grandmother, Speranza. What the European werewolves don't know or care about is that there are already Native werewolves or Shungmanitu living there in the Dakotas. They are not so welcoming to the Europeans, but one shaman does take an interest in the boy.
This report prepared by Julia Walter