Tell the Wolves I'm Home Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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Advance praise for "Tell the Wolves I'm Home"
"[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)
"In ["Tell the Wolves I'm Home"], 15-year-old June must come to terms with the death of her beloved uncle Finn, an artist, from AIDS in 1980s New York. ...What begins as a wary relationship between former rivals for Finn's affection blossoms touchingly."-"PW"
"A gorgeously evocative novel about love, loss, and the ragged mysteries of the human heart, all filtered through the achingly real voice of a remarkable young heroine. How can you not fall in love with a book that shows you how hope can make a difference?"--Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You"
""Tell the Wolves I'm Home" is a charming, sure-handed, and deeply sympathetic debut. Brunt writes about family, adolescence, and the human heart with great candor, insight, and pathos."--Jonathan Evison, "New York Times" bestselling author of "West of Here"
""Tell the Wolves I'm Home" is a tale as charming and magnetic as the missing character at its heart. It's a love story of the most unusual kind--several love stories, really--vivid and madly relatable, heartening as well as heartbreaking. Brunt is a captivating storyteller and a wonderful new voice."--Rebecca Makkai, author of "The Borrower"
"Not since "To Kill A Mockingbird "have I read a piece of fiction that so beautifully captures the point of view of a young person, especially one so inspiringly unable to accept the prejudices of others....at turns getting away- with-it exhilarating and pass-the-tissues heartbreaking -- but also a testament to the power of secrets kept and revealed." --"Metrosource"
'An astonishingly assured debut, set in 1980s New York at the height of the Aids crisis... It s a bittersweet tale of unrequited love, family portraits and uncovered secrets' --
Marie Claire s Good Book Club choice
'Almost painfully fine-tuned, this rite-of-passage novel draws us into the unspeakable gap between nostalgia for childhood and the fascinating horrors of adulthood' --Psychologies
'This debut is moving and tender' --We Love This Book
'I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. Well written and a very thought-provoking read... A well-balanced and inspiring coming-of-age novel.' --New Books magazine
'Carol Rifka Brunt s amazing novel explores life after the loss of a loved one.'
--Featured in The Style List in Stylist magazine
'This beautifully written coming-of-age story is moving and original' --Irish Times
'In this tremendous first novel, Rifka Brunt masterfully uses the subject of forbidden love in a portrayal of grief worked through and identity discovered through facing the truth. Beautifully written with compassion and insight, Tell The Wolves I m Home must be one of the stars of 2012. A must for your book-list.' --Red Online
'It s quite different from many of the books I read and almost the polar opposite of Fifty Shades but it more than deserves the buzz. It s set in the mid- 80s, when HIV and Aids were just becoming words people understand. June is 14 when her uncle Finn dies from Aids. Before his death, the celebrated artist paints a portrait of her and her 16-year-old sister Greta, and this painting becomes the heart of her story. What follows is a heart-breaking, insightful novel, in which both June and Greta struggle to come to terms with their confused feelings over their uncle, their parents, boys, and even their sisterly rela --Fabulous Magazine blog
"A beautifully written tale" --Heat
"A unique, magically rendered friendship ... As painful on the trials of adolescence as it is about impending mortality" --Guardian
"No one is more devastated than June when her Uncle Finn dies of Aids, or so she thinks until she meets his partner Toby. How, though, can they ever cosole each other when her family blames Toby for Finn s untimely death."
--Must-read literary fiction round-up in Sunday Express
'[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)
'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 Reviews)
'Set at the height of the Aids crisis, this is a touching debut.' (The Daily Express)
'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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Fourteen year old June Elbus has one true friend who understands her and with whom she shares a special bond, her Uncle Finn. When he dies she not only has to come to terms with her grief but has to deal with the bubbling to the surface of secrets that are not only held by her family - her mother (Finn's sister), her father and sister but secrets Finn held back from her.
The fractured relationship she has with her big sister, Greta, is well drawn out and believable, made the sadder when snippets of how close they once were come out.
June is an outsider with a teenagers low self esteem. She finds it hard to make friends and the friendship she had with her uncle leads to another that brings equal joy but ultimate heartbreak to her again. Along the way she learns a lot about her whole family and begins to understand what she couldn't/wouldn't see before.
The ending brought a tear to my eye, there is resolution for June and for Greta and to some extent her mother too. Secrets are found out but some are still held close as is always the way in life.
A very enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this on a recommendation from a Blogger and had no idea what to expect. After the first few chapters I was hooked and crying by the final pages. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by lokent
Beautifully written and the teenage growing pains and love and loss are amazingly expressed in this wonderful and emotional tale.Published 4 months ago by Mrs Sue knight
I don't have much to say - it is just wonderful. I loved every word and I can't add anything to that!Published 5 months ago by Lynda
Bought this on kindle so arrival was no issue . have enjoyed this book and would recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
'Tell the Wolves I'm Home' was a surprising delight. Set in the 1980s in New York, it concerns a girl called June whose uncle has died from AIDS, and the relationship which... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melanie Pratt
Tell The Wolves I'm Home is a touching coming of age story in which we follow fourteen year old June on her journey leading up to her uncle's death and then the emotional and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Rose