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
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
Branch Call Number: FIC B
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 25 cm.


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A girl loses her favorite uncle to AIDs and discovers a whole new world.

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Feb 14, 2015
  • Palomino rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

THANK YOU fellow reviewers for recommending this book, I'd never have picked it up for myself but it was great. The imagery and symbolism is beautiful, the teenage angst is not too heavy or fake, the plot is fascinating and just a bit fairy-tale. I read it all in one go, and needed Kleenex. I remember the 1980s, I had a cousin who hid his homosexuality from the family and died of AIDS, so I can assure people that at least some of the weird-family-dynamic in this story is very beleiveable.

Oct 20, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This story took a while to get into, but I continued, and I am happy I did. This is a beautiful story that proves love is complicated, all kinds, not just romantic. Family dynamics are weird and strange and wonderful with imperfections.

June is an endearing character. I'm left with so many questions that I want to ask Greta, and I, too, fell in love with Finn.

Oct 02, 2014
  • cwalinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bit slow to get into, but once you grasp the story teller's concept, you're hooked.

Sep 27, 2014
  • MsNavillus rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel is brilliant, beautifully written, and fast-paced. The characters are believably flawed and well-developed. I can't wait to read another book by this author.

Sep 01, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book, but I found it a little slow at times, however I stuck with it, because I was interested in the subject matter. I also liked the fact that it dealt with AIDS in the 80s and I could see the how far we came with understanding AIDs, and it is no longer considered a death sentence (trying to be cagey, because I do not want to give away too much of the story).

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”.

May 03, 2014

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.

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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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