Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
A Novel

86%

20 Critic Reviews

Brunt weaves a terrific coming-of-age story, painting a vibrant picture of June’s dreams and insecurities as she teeters on the border between childhood and maturity.
-AV Club

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal
 
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.
 
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED A FAVORITE READ BY GILLIAN FLYNN • WINNER OF THE ALEX AWARD

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.

Praise for Tell the Wolves I’m Home
 
“A dazzling debut novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“This compassionate and vital novel will rivet readers until the very end. . . . The narrative is as tender and raw as an exposed nerve, pulsing with the sharpest agonies and ecstasies of the human condition.”—BookPage
 
“Tremendously moving.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Transcendent . . . Peopled by characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned, Brunt’s novel is a beautifully bittersweet mixture of heartbreak and hope.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Carol Rifka Brunt establishes herself as an emerging author to watch.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“Touching and ultimately hopeful.”—People

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About Carol Rifka Brunt

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Carol Rifka Brunt's work has appeared in several literary journals, including North American Review and The Sun. In 2006, she was one of three fiction writers who received the 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 England with her husband and three children.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by The Dial Press. 367 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Tell the Wolves I'm Home
All: 20 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

There is much to admire in this novel. The subtle insight on sibling rivalry and the examination of love make for a poignant debut.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Catherine Taylor on Jul 27 2012

Brunt's affecting novel about the impact of Aids on one family tackles a subject still rife with ignorance and prejudice.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Jun 22 2012

"Tell the Wolves I'm Home" resolves its storylines in a wonderfully graceful conclusion—though, be prepared, a very sad one, too.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by RORY O'CONNOR on Oct 27 2012

Ultimately, this is a beautiful, heartfelt, melacholy coming of age story.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by KRISTIN WILSON on Oct 22 2012

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt is a coming of age novel that deals with familial love and responsibility.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Jul 16 2012

Brunt weaves a terrific coming-of-age story, painting a vibrant picture of June’s dreams and insecurities as she teeters on the border between childhood and maturity.

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The American Book Center Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Jolanda de Faber on Jul 02 2012

The theme of the novel is relationships – family relationships, love relationships, friendships – and how complicated they can sometimes get when, despite their good intentions...

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The Celebrity Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by My Nguyen on Jun 05 2012

...is above all an emotionally wrought coming of age story. Though the book is about an adolescent girl with very adult themes, the novel is very much a story that both adults and teens can both enjoy.

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The Anniston Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Steven Whitton on Jul 20 2012

...a book as spot-on about the pain and hope of adolescence as “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Member of the Wedding.”

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Badass Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Regina on Jul 20 2012

It is an amazing first novel by a brilliant author that I will be watching and waiting for her next effort.

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Of Books and Reading

Good
Reviewed by thehungryreader on Jul 11 2012

It is a beautiful human story that I was expecting on reading the synopsis and it delivers at every level.

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The Quiet Voice

Good
Reviewed by Thomas on Aug 27 2012

When I finished this book, I felt overwhelmed. Like every bit of beautiful writing and bittersweet emotion had filled my heart and made it ready to burst.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Pujitha Krishnan on May 03 2012

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a gently told beautiful story of growing up and learning what love really means.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Aug 16 2012

And the writing – oh, this writing is extraordinary. Carol Rifka Brunt captures such beautiful imagery and emotion in very few words.

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Marisa Reads It and Writes It

Good
Reviewed by marisamoen on Sep 07 2012

Once I learned that Finn had AIDS, then the timing of the story made sense – the author wanted to frame the story around the time when no one really knew what AIDS was or how it was contracted.

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Book Conscious

Good
Reviewed by Deb Baker on Nov 08 2012

If you like your novels character-driven and full of redemption and growth, this is for you. It’s beautifully evocative, the dialogue felt true, and the writing is real, for lack of a better word.

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A Reader's Place

Below average
Reviewed by Rosalind Reisner on Aug 01 2012

Not enough depth for me and I thought this was a story that’s been told (too) many times.

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A Librarian's Take

Good
Reviewed by inked2ways on Nov 08 2012

...has the power to transform. Women who are still holding on to grudges, and teenaged girls who are just developing them, can learn from June, Greta, their mother, Finn, and, most important, themselves.

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Avid Word

Good
Reviewed by KATHLEEN on Oct 24 2012

...is messy, and painful, and morally complicated. It’s coming-apart and coming-of-age and coming-to-terms. It’s the kind of story that’s not quite comfortable to read, and not quite possible to put down.

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Read Between the Lines

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jun 20 2012

...is a devastatingly tender début that combines raw, honest emotion with beautifully crafted characters.

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