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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's 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. At Finn's funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn's apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she's not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he might just be the one she needs the most.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, c2012.
ISBN: 9780812992922
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ontherideau Jul 09, 2012

Love in the broader sense, loss and living

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Apr 14, 2021

This book has stayed with me even though I read it about a year ago! I really recommend it if you enjoy the coming of age theme.

Feb 24, 2021

I loved this story. I loved the way it was written. It seemed so true and gentle.
I read a lot of books each week and don't remember them. This book I will remember and how well it was written and all the details. Love.
Loved it.

Feb 16, 2021

This was a well written story although the editor missed several errors with verb tense going from past tense to present tense. Some errors were within the same sentence. After a while, these grammatical errors began to bother me and distract from the story. It caused me to read and re-read certain portions either because I thought I missed something or I was dumbfounded that it got overlooked by the editor.

Aug 03, 2020

Amazing writing, intriguing story and a heartwarming story and message

Jul 25, 2020

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

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 ever-true test of book enjoyment!

Jul 07, 2019

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

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)

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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.

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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Jan 02, 2013

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