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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


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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.

Authors: Brunt, Carol Rifka
Statement of Responsibility: Carol Rifka Brunt
Title: Tell the wolves I'm home
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,25 cm
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  • 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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  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book & highly recommend it. It was such a bittersweet story. I found what it had to say about family relationships and friendships interesting (especially the insight on sibling relationships & patterns that form). It was an interesting look at the way AIDS was perceived at the time, when so little was known about it, too. June was a unique but likelable character (she was "that girl in highschool who was into weird medieval stuff and did her own thing"), and was completely brought to life by the excellent writting of the author.

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  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am perpetually drawn to beautiful, devastating stories. This book is no exception. Full of so much life, love and loss, it hurts.

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  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Goodreads.com suggested this as one of the best books of 2012. I agree, it was that good. I have had the pleasure of reading dozens of books this year which I feel also fit in that category, but in general, this book did not disappoint.

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  • EricaReynoldsNYC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I avoid sad books, but this book spoke so beautifully of grief and the emptiness of losing a loved one that I could not put it down. The writing is clear and crisp, and I'm looking forward to reading it again.

Pennie's Costco pick for July 2013.

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  • stewaroby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First love, last love, families, art, AIDS - they are all here but this book is so much more than the sum of its parts. Brunt draws all the threads of her story together withamazing skill. Moving, believeable, sweet-spirited even when her characters are doing bad things. A very good boo.

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  • JCLDebbieF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book touched me. Maybe it's because I was a teen in the 80's and the Aids topic hit home. But, it made me experience so many emotions on so many different levels that I would recommend it to anyone who just needs to read a very well written book.

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  • leb0401 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was sad to see my bookmark creeping closer and closer to the end of the story. Beautifully written, this is a story of love, grief, sisterhood, and finding yourself. Would be a great book club read.

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  • Knitwit50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I have read this year. Set in the 80's Brunt captures the aids paranoia perfectly. The relationships are all real and touching. Sad, wise, funny and revealing-this is a book to savor and enjoy.

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Carol Rifka Brunt Author Talk at Darien Public Library

Carol Rifka Brunt speaks at the Darien Public Library. At first, the video is focused on the podium, but the author chooses not to stand at the podium, and they move the video a few seconds in. Be patient. Worth it.

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