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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
Statement of Responsibility: Carol Rifka Brunt
Subject Headings: Uncles Fiction. AIDS (Disease) Fiction. Friendship Fiction. Loss (Psychology) Fiction. Teenage girls Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories.
Bildungsromans.
Topical Term: Uncles
AIDS (Disease)
Friendship
Loss (Psychology)
Teenage girls
LCCN: 2011027932
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It’s 1987. June is losing her Uncle Finn, a renowned artist, to AIDS. Her family has lost their ability to communicate honestly. June, the 14-year-old protagonist, only feels happy and understood with her uncle. Finn gives his fragile energy to painting a portrait of June and her sister, a brilli... Read More »

The late 1980s AIDS epidemic transforms teenager June Elbus and her family. When her beloved uncle, a cultured, erudite artist, dies of the disease, June begins a secret friendship with his partner Toby who shares her grief. But their bond opens many bitter tensions with her sister and parents... Read More »

Comment by: DesPlainesReaders 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 Fi... Read More »

Comment by: lascorpia 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. WeAreS... Read More »


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Jul 14, 2014
  • LA_BEER rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite novels of all time - if not my top favourite! There is so much to love in this story. June's coming of age - written brilliantly. Taking us (me) back to the 1980's and the AIDS epidemic. I had forgotten what it was like and how society handled (mishandled) it.
The family dysfunction was also brilliant. All this and add in the art, and set it in New York and voila, a masterpiece.
I cannot wait for the next novel to come from Carol Rifka Brunt!

Jun 05, 2014
  • Bhulsey rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is an incredible debut novel, a coming of age story that is masterfully told. Some will view this as a tragedy, as a story of loss and missed opportunities, a story about the hard truths about living. Others will see this as a tale of poignant beauty, a coming of age tale, and story that hits home on the greatest things of life.This book theme centers on death and it is magical in that it shows that at the end of the day everyone dies, but as the old cliché goes, not everyone truly lives. As June our main protagonist goes through her trials and tribulations, growing up as a 14 year old teenager, the book climaxes as she comes to understand more about herself and about life in general. We the readers are treated to the depth of the title ”Tell the Wolves I’m Home”.

I really enjoyed this book and the discussion at the Edgebrook Library. It was a look back at how we dealt with AIDS in the 80's. It was also an interesting look at family dynamics. I would recommended it highly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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Read: "Tell the Wolves I'm Home"

We recommend "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt in this 30-second booktalk.

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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