Tell the Wolves I'm Home
1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter...more
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that left me completely speechless. I am struggling to find words to express how deeply this story affected me. I read a few reviews and decided it wasn’t for me. My closest friend, Mark, died of AIDS in 1995 and I wasn’t in the mood for anything that may trigger sad memories. Nor was I in the mood to read of the painful and joyful reminiscences of a 14-year-old girl who lost her beloved uncle to the disease. I’m so glad Ja...more
This is my favorite read of the year so far in 2012. Tell the Wolves I’m Home is an incredible debut novel, a coming of age story that is masterfully told. Some will view this as a tragedy, as a story of loss and missed opportunities, a story about the hard truths about living. Others will see this as a tale of poignant beauty, a coming of age tale, and story that hits home on the greatest things of life. While it may really hit both spectrums that I just mentioned, it does so in a lyric...more
I take one one one cause you left me and
Two two two for my family and
3 3 3 for my heartache and
4 4 4 for my headaches and
5 5 5 for my lonely and
6 6 6 for my sorrow and
7 7 for no tomorrow and
8 8 I forget what 8 was for and
9 9 9 for a lost god and
10 10 10 10 for everything everything everything everything
this book is everything everything everything everything. i don't even know where to start.
you book-criers?? this is for you. i didn't, naturally, but god how i wanted to. this is the most poignan...more
The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many small good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible. ~Tell the Wolves I'm HomeI don't know how to write a review for this book. I've made a few false starts already. It's always SO HARD to review the exceptional, the beautiful, the sincere and heartfelt. When what you've just read humbles you, when it so keenly reminds you of the raw power of storytelling -- of why we read in the first place -- it...more
First of all: THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY SO FREAKING MUUUUUUUUUUUCH!!!
Second: My heart is shattered into million pieces.
I was surprised when i saw that this book was shelved as glbt. I didn't expect it though, but now that i have read this book, it makes more sense. It's a passive glbt story. But i highly recommend to everyone to read this one, because it's such emotional roller coaster . I cried in almost every chapter, because most of things that happened were just unfair...more
June is a fourteen year old girl who is kind of on the quirky side. She feels like she doesn’t belong to her time and imagines she’s in the middle ages, she wears medieval boots given to her by her uncle Finn. She also has talent for visual art, but she doesn’t quite believe it.
Finn is dying from AIDS when the virus was new and little was known about it. He’s a famous New York artist, and before he dies he wishes to paint a portrait of his nieces, June and Greta...more
Short and very emotional review can be found here:
Oh, my word. I never cry when I'm reading (well, apart from 'The Diary of A Young Girl' by Anne Frank which gets me every time), but this was different; this felt so real, somehow. A book has to be incredibly special for me to give it five stars. I have to fall in love with it on so many levels. I have to adore its characters, its writing, its...more
I don’t even know where to begin.
This book read me.
Review to come.
But Carol Rifka Brunt does an amazing job writing, setting the mood, crafting June's character. It's surprising, becau...more
I love a book that makes me cry, and I'll admit I'm a sucker for blatant tearjerker moments. (I will always cry when Charlotte dies, and again when the babies emerge. It's just a given.) But I cannot immediately recollect a book that has made me cry this long, this hard, and this consistently. Rather than a single emotional chapter, try every other chapter. And not just the quiet, streaming kind--frequently the loud, sobbing kind. So, obviousl...more
Set in the 1980s, it’s about 14-year-old June, whose beloved uncle Finn has just died from AIDS. After his death she learns he had a partner, Toby, for over 10 years who she wasn’t allowed to know about. At first she’s angry, feeling like everything she knew about Finn was false, and resentful that maybe she wasn’t the most important person in Finn’s life after all. But June star...more
He* once was a true love of mine.
What makes someone a true love? Can it be your uncle who paints your heart and kisses you chastely on the cheek? Or could it be the supposed murderer of the uncle who bonds with you in grief? If so, then these lines from ‘Scarborough Faire’ resonate perfectly with June, the MC.
If only I could rate the ending, this book would have been a five-fucking-starred read. But there are the 300 pages prior to that which have to be taken i...more
The premise is simple: a fourteen year old girl, June Elbus, loses her beloved uncle to AIDS. A renowned but reclusive artist, Finn Weiss had spent his last months painting a portrait of June and her sister, Greta. June soon begins to realise that she didn’t know her uncle as well as she’d thought, and so begins an extraordinary journey of discovery.
However, the story itself is much more complex. Soon after
I am utterly spent. I will return to review "Tell the Wolves I'm Home", but I don't know how I'll ever be able to do it and Carol Rifka Brunt justice. I'm sharing some of the thoughts I had, and feelings I experienced that are still very palpable inside me below. Those comments are not meant to be my review. I feel so strongly about this book that I don't want t leave this page naked until I can come up with anything even close to how I feel about "Wolves." There aren't enou...more
For those of you who are fans of Melina Marchetta's lyrical style, Tiffanie DeBartolo's philosophical prose, or Laura Buzo's and...more
I have read a few incredibly excellent books in the past year. But time after time in recent months I would pick up a book that was said to be excellent by many others, and I would get impatient - start skimming, or just give up on it. And this really bothered me - can't I appreciate, or just finish, a book that's merely good?
I don't have the answer to that question yet, but luckily I didn't need to contempl...more
My heart already contains a sizable literary...more
Words can not describe how wonderful this book is.
'Tell the Wolves I'm Home' is about so many things. It is about losing someone you love dearly and the desperation to keep them in your heart even as you work to get over the loss. It is about wanting to become an adult while desperately trying to hold on to your childhood. It is about family drifting apart and then coming back together. It is about growing and learning and loving and crying and mourning a...more
June loses her uncle Finn, her favorite person the the world, to AIDS. What follows is an unveiling of family secrets, a new friendship erupting from the most unlikely of places, and a story about how two people, June and Finn's boyfriend handle their grief in a v...more
It tells the tale of 14 year old June and the way she and her family are all dealing with the loss of June’s uncle Finn in their own slightly dysfunctional way. June uncovers many secrets about Greta and their mother in her search for answers about Finn and Toby, the mystery man in Finn's life.
The way Toby tried so hard to reach out to June while she tried even harder t...more
I had lots of fears for the latch key sisters and their independent ways. I felt that calamity was lurking around every corner. (view spoiler)[I suspected harm from teachers, misadventure by classmates, betrayal by siblings, and mishap when secretes were kept. (hide spoiler)]
A good young adult book. Not a book of judgment, j...more