Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel

Brunt, Carol Rifka

Audiobook CD - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- 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.

Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781470833442
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 720 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Rubinate, Amy
Blackstone Audio, Inc


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Dec 28, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt has delivered a highly complex, original read. Beyond reiterating the plot line, it's tough to review. Conflicts and conflicting perspectives intertwine with poignant and tender moments as 14-year-old June Elbus comes of age while dealing with the death of her beloved Uncle Finn from AIDS. Her family is deeply affected by Finn's death, but each person comes apart differently. Set in 1987 as America was just beginning to confront the AIDS problem, "Wolves" questions what defines love in its many forms, deftly explores the interplay between selflessness and manipulation and reveals how our thinking affects relationships, often to the detriment of others and ourselves.

Jul 20, 2013
  • PriscillaHowe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There were some holes in the logic in this novel, but it was an engaging enough book to listen to.

Feb 11, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a wonderful book to listen to, with Rubinate's voice perfect for the young narrator June Elbus. June is 14 years old and it is 1987. June feels gawky and her best friend is her uncle Finn, a renowned New York painter who is dying from AIDS.
June's mother has her own issues around her brother and June's older sister Greta seems to have grown mean and unfriendly to June. June has fantasies of living in medieval times, and becoming a falconer, and one of her favourite places to go is the Cloisters. Finn has always understood June and she feels his loss keenly, but his death brings someone new into her life.
This new relationship gradually gives June new insight into her family and why they behave the way they do. In this book June changes significantly, from a child into a young adult, and her open on the world and the people around her. We see that nothing is as simply as it seems and Greta's attitude has its own explanation. A wonderful book.

Nov 30, 2012

Gripping and authentic. Spoke directly to me with the many late eighties references. Highly recommended. Excellent narration.


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