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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel
Brunt, Carol Rifka (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home


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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.
Authors: Brunt, Carol Rifka
Title: Tell the wolves I'm home
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, c2012.
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: Tell the wolves I am home
ISBN: 0679644199
9780679644194
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Comment by: LauraADPPL Report This Nov 17, 2012

Comment by: DesPlainesReaders Report This Nov 17, 2012

One of the best books I read this year. Perfectly captures the insecurities of a 14-year-old girl who has lost her uncle--the one person who "gets" her--to AIDS in the 1980s. With the author's strong characterizations, the book reminds me of the work of Gail Godwin, in particular The Finishing School. LauraADPPL/WeAreSpartacus.

Comment by: lascorpia Report This Aug 27, 2012

Tell the Wolves I'm Home offers a true-to-life narrative voice in June Elbus, a 14 year old girl who is grieving for her best friend in the world, a middle-aged uncle who just died of AIDS. Although marketed as an adult title, this book could easily be considered for high school reading. WeAreSpartacus/lascorpia


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Report This Apr 22, 2014
  • tsoyege rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It was such a good read. It was so good that I plan on reading it again once I have found the time. I love the coming of age with June. I also enjoy how love and the multiple facets that love can come in that most people now a days are not aware of.....absolutely bittersweet but sweet read indeed.

Report This Nov 11, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A transcendent meditation on the many kinds of love we have in our lives, the struggle to grow and mature, and the pain and joy we can inflict on those we love most.

Report This Nov 04, 2013
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book & highly recommend it. It was such a bittersweet story. I found what it had to say about family relationships and friendships interesting (especially the insight on sibling relationships & patterns that form). It was an interesting look at the way AIDS was perceived at the time, when so little was known about it, too. June was a unique but likelable character (she was "that girl in highschool who was into weird medieval stuff and did her own thing"), and was completely brought to life by the excellent writting of the author.

Report This Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am perpetually drawn to beautiful, devastating stories. This book is no exception. Full of so much life, love and loss, it hurts.

Report This Sep 26, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Goodreads.com suggested this as one of the best books of 2012. I agree, it was that good. I have had the pleasure of reading dozens of books this year which I feel also fit in that category, but in general, this book did not disappoint.

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • EricaReynoldsNYC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I avoid sad books, but this book spoke so beautifully of grief and the emptiness of losing a loved one that I could not put it down. The writing is clear and crisp, and I'm looking forward to reading it again.

Pennie's Costco pick for July 2013.

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • stewaroby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First love, last love, families, art, AIDS - they are all here but this book is so much more than the sum of its parts. Brunt draws all the threads of her story together withamazing skill. Moving, believeable, sweet-spirited even when her characters are doing bad things. A very good boo.

Report This May 28, 2013
  • JCLDebbieF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book touched me. Maybe it's because I was a teen in the 80's and the Aids topic hit home. But, it made me experience so many emotions on so many different levels that I would recommend it to anyone who just needs to read a very well written book.

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • leb0401 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was sad to see my bookmark creeping closer and closer to the end of the story. Beautifully written, this is a story of love, grief, sisterhood, and finding yourself. Would be a great book club read.

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Report This Jan 02, 2013
  • arbol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

arbol thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Carol Rifka Brunt Author Talk at Darien Public Library

Carol Rifka Brunt speaks at the Darien Public Library. At first, the video is focused on the podium, but the author chooses not to stand at the podium, and they move the video a few seconds in. Be patient. Worth it.

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