Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel

Book - 2012
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It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life -- someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679644194
0679644199
9780812982855
0812982851
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 24 cm
Call Number: BRUNT, C

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Library_Jill Nov 09, 2016

A deeply moving exploration of family relationships and different types of love, set against the backdrop of 1980s New York and AIDS panic. I loved the protagonist's romaticism and her growth. The author mentioned David Almond's "Skellig" and Meg Rosoff's "How I Live Now" as... Read More »


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nrumble23
Aug 03, 2020

Amazing writing, intriguing story and a heartwarming story and message

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kaaailyn
Jul 25, 2020

A beautiful story with writing which brought me to tears. Highly recommend.

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wingertdj
May 18, 2020

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carl Rifka Brunt is a moving coming of age story set in 1987. A young girl is dealing with the death of her favorite uncle from AIDS. She soon discovers he'd had a lover for the last 9 years she never knew about and it is but one of the many secrets a family can hide. I really liked it.

Tigard_DeidraM Jan 04, 2020

I'm always a sucker for quirky, one-of-a-kind characters, and imaginative, medieval times-obsessed June definitely falls into this category. The writing is what really makes this novel shine for me. The plot highlights the tensions and facades that can cause families and relationships to unravel at the seams. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this...my ever-true test of book enjoyment!

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Ana_Becerra
Jul 07, 2019

Did not finish it. Though maybe later on I will.

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mebacher
Nov 20, 2018

I was thirteen in 1987, so the pop culture references and the general fear and misunderstanding of AIDS of the time felt very familiar. I loved the complexity of the characters and the writing style. I highly recommend this book.

This is a story about jealousy, how jealousy poisons our loves and lives when left unchecked. Set in the 1980s, 14-year-old June is left alone in the world when her uncle, the only person she felt understood her, dies of AIDS. She soon starts sneaking away from home to meet with her uncle’s boyfriend, Toby, who her family blames for her uncle’s death. I loved reading about her complicated relationships with her uncle, Toby, and her perplexing sister, Greta. This is a very strong debut novel, and I’m excited to see what else Brunt has up her sleeves. (submitted by NE)

nwhite1 Jan 25, 2018

I read this book a number of years ago and still think of it often. The writing literally gave me goose bumps. It is a story about love and grief. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys a coming of age story with all the raw and jagged emotions that are involved.

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sharon711
Nov 10, 2017

The best story I've read all year, maybe in 10 years. The emotion described among the various members of this family in crisis is palpable - so well done. Highly recommended for young and old alike.

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MillieBT
Aug 17, 2017

A coming of age story...a story of loss and missed opportunities ...a story about the hard truths about living....June has lost the most important person in her life to AIDS...a relationship between two sisters.....excellent.....powerful....

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

“But what if you ended up in the wrong kind of love? What if you accidentally ended up in the falling kind with someone it would be so gross to fall in love with that you could never tell anyone in the world about it? … The kind you squashed deeper and deeper down, but no matter how far you pushed it, no matter how much you hoped it would suffocate, it never did?”

Pixie82 Feb 27, 2016

Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have. Maybe there’s a whole assortment of impossible people waiting for me to find them. Waiting to make me feel the same impossibility over and over again.

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mlcramer
Dec 18, 2013

Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

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