Tell the Wolves I'm Home
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home


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.

Title:Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:360 pages

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home Reviews

  • Nancy
    Jun 15, 2012

    Posted at Shelf InflictedIt’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 revie...

  • Kiki
    Jun 05, 2013

    When I was in high school, there was this art teacher that nobody liked. She came in to replace another teacher who'd been transferred, and she liked to tell everyone in a really loud voice that (a) o...

  • karen
    Jul 10, 2012

    I take one one one cause you left me andTwo two two for my family and3 3 3 for my heartache and4 4 4 for my headaches and5 5 5 for my lonely and6 6 6 for my sorrow and7 7 for no tomorrow and8 8 I forg...

  • Jason
    Jul 21, 2012

    5 Stars 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, ...

  • Trudi
    Sep 28, 2012

    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 Home I don't know how to wri...

  • Ben
    Nov 02, 2012

    There's this trend of young-adult (themed) novels for them to be predicated on the concept of the child main character being this misunderstood wunderkind that thinks they are universally disliked whe...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Mar 12, 2014

    Find all of my reviews at: year is 1987 and June has just lost the most important person in her life to AIDS. After the death of her Uncle Finn, June makes an unl...

  • Frankie
    Apr 03, 2014

    I really liked this book. It was a fairly quick read. I found the relationship between the 2 sisters very believeable and very much like my own relationship with my older sister when we were kids. I l...

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    Oct 14, 2012

    Whoever wrote the book blurb should be shot…if it wasn’t for my wonderfully pushy friends I’d have passed and missed out on a fabulous book. There’s an honesty to Brunt’s writing, simple an...

  • Emily May
    Apr 08, 2015

    “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.” When I was about seven or eight, I was at ...