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kickdrumheart ([personal profile] kickdrumheart) wrote2012-09-19 06:40 pm

tell the wolves i'm home

Insta rec! This book is a tie for my fave of 2012:

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


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.


Okay, I REALLY LOVED this book and even though I get it is easy to wring instant emotion from a reader by centering around a character with a terminal illness, I feel as though Brunt EARNED my feelings towards her characters. This is not a story about AIDS in the same way John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is not a story about cancer (BTDubs, read that book if you haven't!!!). It is, more, a story about the people in our lives who pull at our hearts and minds to twist us into who we become, both good and bad. It made my chest ache!!!!! I keep thinking about how much I liked the book and the characters. :D

!!!!! AND NOW!!!! Back outside because by some stroke of TOTAL MAGIC we are still enjoying warm weather around here!!!!!! DE-LIGHT!!!!!

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