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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.
I was so sorry when this book ended! I intend to find more books narrated by Amy Rubinate. She is excellent.
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What did you like best about Tell the Wolves I’m Home? What did you like least?
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.
Would you recommend Tell the Wolves I’m Home to your friends? Why or why not?
Young Adult readers.
Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?
Do you think Tell the Wolves I’m Home needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, didn't think it was compelling enough to warrant a sequel.
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Any additional comments?
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
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
They didn't develop the characters well enough
Would you be willing to try another book from Carol Rifka Brunt? Why or why not?
I wasn't a fan.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Performance was sufficient.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Probably, to see Toby
Any additional comments?
I found the crush on the uncle "odd". I could not grasp why she was so appealing.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book drove me crazy. I did not understand the necessity of the sexual overtones of the young girl's feelings for her uncle and his partner. I thought the use of AIDs as a plot point was heavy handed and setting the book in the 80's felt like an after thought. There were a million loose ends left at the end, and the main character's self-flagellation and indecision felt drawn out and ill-conceived.
Also, the narrator's British accent was laughable.
Would you try another book from Carol Rifka Brunt and/or Amy Rubinate?
I would definitely try another book by Carol Rifka Brunt but not ever listen to Amy Rubinate again (sorry Amy). I swear I though it was a computer generated voice. If not for the good story line, I would have never finished.
How could the performance have been better?
I do not mean to hurt her feelings, but get a different narrator. Really ruined the story for me.
I had a hard time getting into this book. A friend suggested I listen to it instead. She was right. I finished the book and glad I did.
I liked it, I guess. I didn't hate it. interesting look at how people viewed AIDS and gay people in the late 80s. But the story is really a look at siblings, jealousy, and love.
What made the experience of listening to Tell the Wolves I’m Home the most enjoyable?
The characters are very real. The dynamics between the characters is so realistically human, and painted with such depth of human frailty. There were some lines in the book that were so poignant that I read them aloud to other people. Yet, it is not what I would consider a "dark" drama. This is a GOOD book! Intellectually and emotionally satisfying.
What other book might you compare Tell the Wolves I’m Home to and why?
Hmm, hard to say. I hate to even say this because I am daring to touch the hem of such a literary legend; To Kill a Mockingbird. This is the first comparison that came to the surface.
What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?
I don't recall anything I didn't like about her performance. It was very good. It was right in all the right places, and it was loud enough to be heard.
If you could take any character from Tell the Wolves I’m Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Well the obvious choice would be June, the narrator. However, I think I'd like to get Greta her older sister out to dinner.
Any additional comments?
A coming out story and a coming of age story for every character in the book. <br/>
This makes you feel you are the girl whose heart breaks. Art crackingly realistic. Amazing!