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.
“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)
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.
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.
masterful teenage perspective
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.
The book is so engaging that you lose yourself in the sound of the readers voice. I listened every chance I got.
The way the story weaves through the lives of characters is just so well timed.
The freedom to listen to the book when you have to other things such as drive or do a workout at the gym.
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.
I was so sorry when this book ended! I intend to find more books narrated by Amy Rubinate. She is excellent.
This was definitely a creative story of a young girl's relationship with her uncle/godfather and his partner - both who die of AIDS. It is also the story of intense sibling rivalry. The writing was good, though at times repetitive. I usually love coming of age tales, but there was something about this novel that just didn't work for me. I think it was because most of the story was realistic, while parts of the story required you to suspend reality. I think that the combination didn't work.
Young Adult readers.
No, didn't think it was compelling enough to warrant a sequel.
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.
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.
I bought the book because I thought the concept intriguing. I liked it--but I didn't love it.
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.
She did a good job.
non-judgemental, coming-of-age, seventies
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....
She does flesh out the main character nicely.
a teen dealing with death is especially hard, not that it's ever easy. Emotions then are so amplified then it seems.
an enjoyable listen, that seemed to fit the changing of seasons, now to cooler, darker fall.
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