Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal

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.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED A FAVORITE READ BY GILLIAN FLYNN • WINNER OF THE ALEX AWARD

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.

Praise for Tell the Wolves I’m Home

“A dazzling debut novel.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“This compassionate and vital novel will rivet readers until the very end. . . . The narrative is as tender and raw as an exposed nerve, pulsing with the sharpest agonies and ecstasies of the human condition.”BookPage

“Tremendously moving.”The Wall Street Journal

“Transcendent . . . Peopled by characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned, Brunt’s novel is a beautifully bittersweet mixture of heartbreak and hope.”Booklist (starred review)

“Carol Rifka Brunt establishes herself as an emerging author to watch.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Touching and ultimately hopeful.”People



Baker & Taylor
Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, 14-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

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Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.
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
0679644199
9780812982855
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 25 cm

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mebacher
Nov 20, 2018

I was thirteen in 1987, so the pop culture references and the general fear and misunderstanding of AIDS of the time felt very familiar. I loved the complexity of the characters and the writing style. I highly recommend this book.

This is a story about jealousy, how jealousy poisons our loves and lives when left unchecked. Set in the 1980s, 14-year-old June is left alone in the world when her uncle, the only person she felt understood her, dies of AIDS. She soon starts sneaking away from home to meet with her uncle’s boyfriend, Toby, who her family blames for her uncle’s death. I loved reading about her complicated relationships with her uncle, Toby, and her perplexing sister, Greta. This is a very strong debut novel, and I’m excited to see what else Brunt has up her sleeves. (submitted by NE)

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.

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sharon711
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.

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MillieBT
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....

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ryner
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.

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KellyReader
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.

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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.

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mlcramer
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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