This book is an inspirational novel that I read in the last year; Brunt’s work reminds me of The Hours by Michael Cunningham, another favorite. Cunningham’s work in The Hours is complex and illustrates those small moments in people’s lives that intertwine in unexpected ways, but Brunt’s work focuses on one particular era (the 1980s) during the AIDS crisis. The novel follows June, who gradually comes to know her uncle’s lover after he dies; it is a haunting work and sure to have you ruminating about the nature of love long after you finish the last page.
— Erin F., DC Public Library staff
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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 donâ€™t know youâ€™ve lost someone until youâ€™ve found them.
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1987. Thereâ€™s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and thatâ€™s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finnâ€™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, Juneâ€™s world is turned upside down. But Finnâ€™s death brings a surprise acquaintance into Juneâ€™s lifeâ€”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 Finnâ€™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 Finnâ€™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 sheâ€™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 Iâ€™m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.