- Hardcover: 488 pages
- Publisher: Charnwood; Large type edition edition (1 May 2013)
- ISBN-10: 144481513X
- ISBN-13: 978-1444815139
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
Tell the Wolves I'm Home Hardcover – Large Print, 1 May 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
June is a convincing narrator, and the characters around her were developed with writerly skill. The story is sometimes painful, but always full of compassion. The twists and turns in the plot are perfectly paced and kept me engrossed. I reached the end with a sense of nostalgic sadness, and much weeping (possibly with a teenager's self-indulgence!) Fiction gold; definitely one of my favourite books of the year.
It's a beautifully written book with superbly well developed characters that never ring a false note. The AIDS fears of the mid to late Eighties are perfectly re-evoked and the time captured very well. It was a shock to realise that what many of us think of as recent events will be unfamiliar to anyone under thirty and hazy to anyone under thirty-five, so this book may well be introducing the subject to a new audience.
Carol Rifka Brunt makes you care about the characters, makes you care what happened and hope for good outcomes against hope. The relationship between June and her sister Greta is wonderfully realistic, there is nothing candy coated in this story, just superb reflections on human nature.
Definitely worth reading.
The storyline has many issues – effects of death of a close family member on a teenager, AIDS in the 1980's and the reactions of people back in the early days, sibling rivalry, jealousy and friendship of someone you have been told to hate – to name but a few. Having said that, it doesn't have a depressing or morbid feel to it as the chapters are short and soon move on to other family happenings.
We read this book at my local reading group and of the ten of us, two didn't like the story, four of us really liked it but all of us thought it was very will written with good, well defined characters. It's not a perfect book and has many loose ends, but if you are open minded and take it as a snapshot on a family's life which we leave as abruptly as we entered, with not all questions answered, then you will probably like the style.
This is an excellent debut novel, beautifully written with the professional, polished feel of an established author.
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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