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, ©2012 (Printed in the United States of America)
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679644194
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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....

May 25, 2017

It is the late 1980s, at a time when an AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence -- feared, stigmatized, isolating and mentioned only in hushed tones -- and fifteen-year-old June has just lost her uncle Finn, who was also her best friend, to the disease. Shortly following Finn's funeral, June receives a package in the mail containing her uncle's special teapot, along with a handwritten note from Toby, Finn's longtime boyfriend, whose very existence has been kept from her due to her mother's shame and anger. Toby suggests that they meet sometime, in order to talk about Finn and share in their grief, but June knows she would have to keep their encounters secret.

I loved the original premise of this story, which probably couldn't have seen publication twenty, or even ten, years ago. June feels refreshingly genuine in her quirkiness, possessing the occasionally flawed thoughts, actions and reasoning of a real teenager. This is a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting book.

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 some of her favorite coming-of-age novels, and I think fans of either of those titles will appreciate the tone of this one.

Aug 29, 2016

I really liked this book. The 14-year old character has tons of depth. Sometimes younger main characters in non-YA novels can get a bit sappy. Not June!
I loved the relationship between the characters. I would recommend this definitely.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 22, 2016

Astounding character development carries this novel from end to end. Worth the read just for the dynamics of the various relationships.

ArapahoeAlice Aug 05, 2016

Phenomenal book. Simply put, it's the story of a 14-year-old girl who needs to come to terms with the death of her beloved uncle. But there's so much more. The writing is beautiful, the dialogue pitch perfect. The reader is given situations from the viewpoint of the young narrator and often sees things from a perspective that is beyond hers, but the young narrator also informs the reader, making you take a new look at family, friendships, and what is important in life.

Jul 18, 2016

This is the novel I've been waiting months to find. It's that perfect coming-of-age story, that rare story told from the point of view of a child or young adult in which the adult author manages to nail it, it being the thoughts and hopes and fears and voice of a fourteen-year-old girl. This novel resonated for me so much, as it will for most of us who remember what it was like being the unpopular kid with esoteric passions, secret worlds, and that unbearable love-hate sibling relationship. This is that book I keep looking for as I pull one after another off the shelves, giving each the first sentence test, the first page test, the first chapter test. It pulled me into its world and left me feeling bereft, missing the characters that had become like family. That's what a good novel does.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

What a marvelous and beautiful book. This novel is orchestrated perfectly; everything ties together nicely in the end. This is a story of how gorgeous human love can be and how stupid our constraints can be.

Tell the Wolves left me teary-eyed, yet it never was overly sentimental or preachy; it walked that line exceptionally well. It is a wonderful debut novel, a story that has finally been told with the grace and attention it is entitled to.

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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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