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.
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.
Narration was perfect, all of the characters were beautifully spoken and created with the narrators lovely voice. Thank you.
I finished this book last night at 1 o’clock in the morning, I couldn’t not finish it.
With tears running down my face and proper ugly crying, I managed to get to sleep, but this was the first thing I thought of when I woke up.
This beautiful story is written in the voice of June, she is 14 and a little bit quirky, but she doesn’t care what anybody else thinks, only Finn.
Finn is her uncle and she worships him, he is also quite a famous painter, and also dying of AIDS.
June knows this, as does the rest of her family, her sister Greta who is always mean to her but really just want her sister back, and her Mother Dani who doesn’t really know what to do with June.
The story is set in 1987 when AIDS had just come on to the scene, and everybody was ignorant about it.
You remember when it was just a “Gay disease?” and people were careful about who they touched?
A couple of the things about that made me laugh, but then thinking back, it was actually like that. Rude ignorant people, not touching someone incase they caught “The AIDS”
After Finn dies, June has nobody that understands her, not like her uncle Finn, and she starts up an unlikely friendship with her uncles boyfriend Toby who she never knew before, and was and still is a secret.
The book is so beautifully written that I found myself going back to passages to re read.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and even break your heart a little, Please please read it, you must.