Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

by Carol Rifka Brunt
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell the Wolves I'm Home is about love and how it is seldom easy or tidy; often hard to define, keep, and give; but how necessary it is, what it can make of our lives. The novel is narrated by a perfectly written and vividly realized 14-year-old June, who was in love with her gay uncle, Finn, a famous artist, who dies of AIDS shortly after the novel begins. (The novel is set in the late 1980s, a time when AIDS was a new and misunderstood disease, and thus a very frightening one as well. The novel captures the memory of that time totally, and beautifully.) June has a sister, Greta, who is slowly imploding, jealous of June's relationship with Finn which she blames for changing what she had with June. June and Greta's mother, Finn's sister, blames Finn's boyfriend Toby for Finn's death and what she sees as Finn's earlier abandonment. Toby misses Finn as much as June does, and it is the bond between these two, grieving the loss of the same love, that delivers June and Greta back to each other, and heals their mother. Near the book's end, June says,"I know all about love that's too big to stay in a tiny bucket. Splashing out all over the place in the most embarrassing way possible." She does, and watching her come into this knowledge is fabulous and satisfying reading.
P_K_McAlister More than 1 year ago
Sometimes an author writes about a person's life that has resulted in some kind of tragedy and as you turn the pages the story becomes less and less believable. That is NOT the case with Tell the Wolves I’m Home. The author tells a story during the period of a person’s particular tragedy along with her immediate family and writes about life correctly. This book could have happened to anyone’s family. This is a well written, thought out book.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
What a touching and lovely story. Tell the Wolves I'm Home had me alternating between hope and despair, laughter and tears and generally a looking like a hot mess to anyone not reading over my shoulder or reading my mind. This story of a young girl losing her beloved uncle takes place in a time (not so long ago) when a homosexual lifestyle was marginally accepted, but still kept under wraps for propriety's sake. In other words: we accept your choice, but let's not discuss it in front of the children because we still secretly think you're a perv no matter what we tell you to the contrary. And if you were unlucky enough to catch the "Gays Disease," you were barely able to be around children, much less let them know the nature of your disease. I grew up in this time and I remember it vividly. It is amazing to me how far we have come in terms of acceptance of alternate lifestyles, as well as how far we still have to go. Through a series of misunderstandings and conscious lies, June is kept from fully knowing her precious uncle. So, after his death, when his friend tries to for a relationship with her, she is leery. Through patience and love Toby slowly creates a tenuous friendship with June that helps them both heal from the pain of their mutual loss. Brunt has created a timeless tale that speaks with an honest voice about loss, family, love, fear, hope and friendship. Tell the Wolves I'm Home truly touched my heart in a profoundly beautiful way.
Pernod29 More than 1 year ago
Tell The Wolves I'm Home is exceptional. The best book I've read in years. Carol Rifka Brunt is thoughtful and evidences an ability to capture what is beautiful about language and unexpected human connections. A touching and original piece of literary work. I can't wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A REALLY GREAT BOOK!!!! I LOVE IT!!! EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complex novel about how we love and who we love and what we do when love is taken from us. Equally as moving as the relationship between uncle and niece was the strained relationship between teenage sisters and the acurately captured special bond that sisters often have. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves real and believable characters. This family is so complex and the dynamics cut across time and place. I loved the emotions the author could so easily evoke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story about a young girl dealing with the loss of a beloved uncle is both sad and sweet. It exposes family dynamics between siblings as well as between parents and children. Fourteen year old June mourns not only her uncle but also the closeness she and her older sister once had. She develops a friendship with her uncle's friend and through that friendship learns things about her uncle, herself and her family that all work toward resolving some family issues while moving toward forgiveness and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author captured the confusion and fear and loss of so many families and their dying loved ones during the 80's AIDS crisis. Carol Rifka Brunts novel is in many ways a poignant re-telling of an experience that untold numbers of nieces and nephews lived through but were not capible of describing or capturing so vividly. As one of those neices, I thank her for giving me the outline of my own story that needs to be kept safely in my heart and memory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up in the '80's, AIDS was a frightening new fatal illness that all the best in medicine had't figured out. People reacted insuch cruel ways. The story, told through the voice of a young teenage girl demonstrates what good cancome from a place of love, even if "mistakes" are made. It has been a long time since a novel made me cry. When a book can cause that kind of emotion, you know it was done right!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of love and loss and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complicated, joyful, and tragic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell the Wolves I'm Here is a fast read, but a powerful book, written in an exceptional manner. How many themes flow through this book? :Love, jealousy, fragile and broken family ties, the Aids epidemic, and a teenager's quest for love and casting off self doubt. June's love for Finn and then Toby provide her journey into self acceptance and growth, which provides the stimulus for her family's personal journeys. Toby's tragic death is the catalyst for great sorrow and powerful truths that remove the shadows of jealousy and indifference replacing them with respect and love.. The title of the book is puzzling yet referred to a few times in the text. The wolves were a constant presence, a lurking menace in the woods behind June's house, June also thought that Finn had painted a wolf in the negative space of the family portrait. After the catastrophic episode of Toby's rescue of Greta, June, in an emotional charged statement, said that perhaps she is a jealous person. Then she says perhaps she wanted Toby to hear the wolves that dwell in the forest of her heart when she sent him to the woods to find Greta. Does this mean that darkness and evil may within hearts? Is jealousy the darkness? For a fast read, a powerful, exceptional book. ..Arlene Y
tillieny More than 1 year ago
This book was good. Not one of my favorites, but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. The author's story telling is so well timed. She holds you captive with this touching, incredibly insightful story about life, and love, and family, and heart aches, and disappointent, and the human heart.
bridgan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read a lot of novels and this is a good one. It will stay in my library of favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Masterful. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were easy to like and well developed. Was hard to watch the sisters fight so much but it had good ending (as far as their friendship). Was written in the time frame when the general public didn't know much of anything about AIDS. I would have enjoyed being friends with the 2 gay characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written!
ScoutMM More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads I've had all year! Couldn't put it down. The story pulls you in and keeps you there. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 15 days ago
I liked this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! Absolutely beautiful
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written and charming first novel. June Elbus, like many fourteen-year-olds, doesn't know who she is or how to fit in. Her only real friend, and the only person who understands the secrets of her heart, is her Uncle Finn. Finn is a famous artist, gay, and dying of AIDS. He is the most wonderful, funnest, nicest, best friend—and best person—June knows. She has no idea that her uncle is famous, and her family refuses to discuss the fact that Finn has a long term boyfriend, Toby, whom she has never even met. Her mother blames Toby for Finn having AIDS and calls him a criminal. When Finn dies, June is broken hearted. Toby is also devastated and reaches out to June—even though he is terrified of her possible reaction. June isn't sure at first how to take Toby—she's jealous that he has stories of Finn that she doesn't know, that his life was Finn's life, that Finn loved him. She wants to hate him, but in a book left to her by Finn she finds a note from him, begging her to take care of Toby. She and Toby tentatively begin a secret friendship. First they only they have in common is Finn, but delicate threads of reaching out towards each other intertwine into an intense friendship. Toby repeatedly tells June that he will do anything for her, but when she needs him the most she ends up almost destroying everything, including family, friendships, and the beautiful portrait Finn painted of her and her sister. This is one of those books that is hard to describe in a way that makes it sound as good as it is. From the first page I fell HARD into the story, and hard in love with June, Finn, and Toby. Wonderful book! Highly recommend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the money. And the lost sleep. And the tears.