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  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470833441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470833442
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,968,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tell the Wolves I'm Home" was named one of the "Wall Street Journal"'s Top 10 Novels of 2012, one of Oprah.com's Best Books of 2012, one of "Kirkus Reviews"' top 100 books of the year, and one of "Booklist"'s Top 10 First Novels of 2012 as well as a 2012 "O Magazine" Favorite Read. It is also a Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist for Fiction and a Shelf Awareness Reviewer's Choice pick for 2012.

"A dazzling debut novel." - "O Magazine"

"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."--"The Wall Street Journal"

"In this lovely debut novel set in the 1980s, Carol Rifka Brunt takes us under the skin and inside the tumultuous heart of June Elbus...Distracted parents, tussling adolescents, the awful ghost-world of the AIDS-afflicted before AZT--all of it springs to life in Brunt's touching and ultimately hopeful book."--"People"

"[A] transcendent debut... Peopled by characters who will live in readers' imaginations long after the final page is turned, Brunt's novel is a beautifully bittersweet mix of heartbreak and hope."--"Booklist" (starred review)

"Carol Rifka Brunt's astonishing first novel is so good, there's no need to grade on a curve: "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" is not only one of the best debuts of 2012, it's one of the best books of the year, plain and simple. In a literary landscape overflowing with coming-of-age stories, "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" rises above the rest. The narrative is as tender and raw as an exposed nerve, pulsing with the sharpest agonies and ecstasies of the human condition." --Bookpage

"A poignant debut...Brunt's first novel elegantly pictures the New York art world of the 1980s, suburban Westchester and the isolation of AIDS" --Kirkus

"Set at the height of the Aids crisis, this is a touching debut." --Daily Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Carol Rifka Brunt's work has appeared in several literary journals. In 2006 she was one of three fiction writers selected for the New Writing Partnership's New Writing Ventures award and in 2007, she received a generous Arts Council grant to write Tell the Wolves I'm Home, her first novel. Originally from New York, she currently lives in Devon with her husband and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story about the close bond between a young girl, fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and her inspirational uncle, the noted artist Finn Weiss. He's the only person that June feels she can share her secrets with, and reveal her true self to. When Finn passes away, June finds herself adrift, wondering how her life can possibly go on without Finn being a part of it. Then June meets Finn's partner Toby, who has never been mentioned to June before, and a new friendship is slowly formed which will alter the way she views herself and her late uncle. They are both lonely, struggling to cope with life without Finn, united in the immense loss and grief they share.

It is also about siblings, and the changing relationship between June and Greta as they grow up, having lost the closeness they once shared, both wanting it back but seemingly unable to rediscover it from under all the layers of jealousy and misunderstanding.

This is a lovely, sincere, warm-hearted book, with a story rooted in the early days of AIDS awareness, when misconceptions abounded and most people didn't openly discuss the illness. It is about our perceptions of people, the judgements we make, and how we can discover so much about ourselves and those close to us through the most unlikely friendships and in the most unexpected places.

I found this a profoundly moving novel, and a highly accomplished and heartfelt debut.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 May 2012
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Fourteen-year-old June Elbus is not a typical teenager. Growing up in the late 1980's, she is shy and slightly geeky, daydreaming about living in medieval times, often disappearing into the local woods in an effort to make this a reality. The relationship with her older sister, Greta is now distant, and their parents are often absent from the scene as they immerse themselves in their work. The only person she is close to is her Uncle Finn; he is her best friend, her godfather, the only person who fully understands her. He introduces June to music, opera, theatre and art, and when Finn dies of a mysterious illness that no-one will discuss, June is grief-stricken. A few days after the funeral a man she has glimpsed briefly there hand delivers a package. Inside is the beautiful teapot she recognises as Finn's and a note from Toby, the stranger at the funeral asking June to meet him. So begins a strange and moving friendship, as June struggles to come to terms with her loss, a loss she is unable to discuss with anyone.

June's naivety is endearing, and that, along with her flashes of insight and wisdom make a compelling character. And who can help but love Finn and Toby? In fact all the characters are believable and sympathetic.

I loved this book not only for its beautifully written characters, but for its compassion. I was gripped from the first page and was actually quite sad to finish it and leave these people behind.

Most definitely an author to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback
Very good; a moving and insightful story.

June's uncle is dying of AIDS. Before he dies, he paints a portrait of June and her sister Greta. June's family, including her increasingly bitter and distant sister, all blame his partner Toby for her uncle's death. June doesn't know what to think, and then she receives a letter from Toby asking to meet her.

Unique and beautiful, this book surprised me with the way the plot turned and flowed. There is a well-drawn relationship between the sisters, and plenty of characters to feel sympathy for and want to read more about. This isn't a choice for a light summer read but a great one for reading groups wanting to get their teeth into quite meaty issues; death, illness, family, love. What role does the painting of the sisters play in the book? It means different things to each person.
I couldn't understand the author's choice of setting though, as setting the story at the start of the AIDS epidemic didn't ring true. 80s references seemed forced in there to give the context, and I thought the idea of a family member dying from AIDS would have been almost the same now, as it was there seemed to be very little prejudice anyway from other characters towards the gay men. Just a few references to songs, books and films as well.
Still, the characters were robust and the ending bittersweet. I can almost see the painting...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 May 2012
Format: Paperback
This story surrounds June Elbus, a young girl whose world is turned upside down when her uncle Finn, a renowned painter, dies of AIDS. After Finn's funeral, June strikes up a friendship with Toby, a man who was close to Finn, but also the man who June's family blames for Finn's death. In secret, the two begin spending time together. This story beautifully portrays their friendship as they struggle to cope with the loss of Finn. June discovers new things about Finn that she was never part of when he was alive.
Prior to his death, Finn had just finished a portrait of June and her sister Greta. The painting, which is at the centre of the story helps to repair June and Greta's difficult relationship. Family secrets are slowly revealed which help them to forgive and move on.
I cannot praise this book enough. I adored the characters and the story. The story is told in a gentle way and deals with very moving and difficult issues. To really enjoy the lovely writing, this book needs to be savoured and not rushed.
I'm very positive this book will be one of my favourites in 2012.
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