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Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel | [Carol Rifka Brunt]

Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

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....
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Publisher's Summary

In this striking literary debut, 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.

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 just might be the one she needs the most.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

Carol Rifka Brunt’s work has appeared in several literary journals, including the North American Review and the Sun. In 2006 she was one of three fiction writers who received a New Writing Ventures Award, and in 2007 she received a generous Arts Council England grant to write Tell the Wolves I’m Home, her first novel. Originally from New York, she currently lives in England with her husband and three children.

©2012 Carol Silverman (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A gorgeously evocative novel about love, loss, and the ragged mysteries of the human heart, all filtered through the achingly real voice of a remarkable young heroine. How can you not fall in love with a book that shows you how hope can make a difference?” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author)

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a charming, sure-handed, and deeply sympathetic debut. Brunt writes about family, adolescence, and the human heart with great candor, insight, and pathos.” (Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author)

“Tremendously moving…Brunt strikes a difficult balance, imbuing June with the disarming candor of a child and the melancholy wisdom of a heart-scarred adult.” (Wall Street Journal)

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    I wasn't too thrilled with the narrator's voice. She did a great job with the book, but I felt that the voice was just slightly too old for the main character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to go back in time and learn what it was like to not understand AIDS, and not just for children, but not even the medical and scientific communities understood what it was yet. It's heartbreaking to think about the trauma AIDS patients suffered at the hands of a society that didn't know yet what to do with this disease.


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    Jennifer Olathe, KS, United States 03-24-13
    Jennifer Olathe, KS, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    What made the experience of listening to Tell the Wolves I’m Home the most enjoyable?

    Good story with interesting and believable characters. The setting in a past time frame and references to historic issues of that time were interesting. I was able to reflect on those times and remember them.


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    I enjoyed listening to this book. I was able to connect with the characters, and enjoyed watching how their relationships changed during the course of the book.

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    If you could sum up Tell the Wolves I’m Home in three words, what would they be?

    masterful teenage perspective


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book so perfectly captured the teenage reaction to a new disease in the world that affected the family personally. The relationships, conversations, feelings, and story overall were very believable.


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    "Get this book! You will love it."
    What made the experience of listening to Tell the Wolves I’m Home the most enjoyable?

    The book is so engaging that you lose yourself in the sound of the readers voice. I listened every chance I got.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell the Wolves I’m Home?

    The way the story weaves through the lives of characters is just so well timed.


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The freedom to listen to the book when you have to other things such as drive or do a workout at the gym.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to listen to the whole thing at once. Unfortunately, my life does not allow that but it was the quickest book I have been through in a while.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hollyn Chase Redding, CA United States 01-16-13
    Hollyn Chase Redding, CA United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good--but I wanted Wonderful"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought the book because I thought the concept intriguing. I liked it--but I didn't love it.


    Would you recommend Tell the Wolves I’m Home to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have a segment of friends that might enjoy this novel as much, or perhaps more than I did. And another segment that I would not recommend this book to at all.


    What aspect of Amy Rubinate’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a good job.


    Was Tell the Wolves I’m Home worth the listening time?

    yes.


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    If you could sum up Tell the Wolves I’m Home in three words, what would they be?

    non-judgemental, coming-of-age, seventies


    What did you like best about this story?

    the setting of this story, 70's suburbia and NYC, and the release of taboo, AIDS and forbidden love, from an adolescent's view point that is not too loaded with other baggage to cloud the issues and themes makes it a fresh read, alarming too, in that a girl is heading into the unknown in the city....


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does flesh out the main character nicely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a teen dealing with death is especially hard, not that it's ever easy. Emotions then are so amplified then it seems.


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    an enjoyable listen, that seemed to fit the changing of seasons, now to cooler, darker fall.

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    Would you try another book from Carol Rifka Brunt and/or Amy Rubinate?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Rifka Brunt again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    This is an excellent novel if you like listening to an overly dramatic, whiny 14 year old girl for several hours.


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    gary Wappingers Falls, NY, United States 10-06-13
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    If I heard the names, Toby or Finn a few more hundred times in this book I was going to delete it, but the book finally came to an end, ,thank goodness

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Tell the Wolves I’m Home better?

    Anything! I found the story excruciating. The endless descriptions of every thought that went through the girl's head about everything and everyone was endless. I constantly found my thoughts wandering and just could not be interested in every thought she was having.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Rifka Brunt again?

    Possibly.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy Rubinate?

    Sure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know. I couldn't finish it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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