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Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel by [Brunt, Carol Rifka]
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In Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt has made a singular portrait of the late-'80s AIDS epidemic's transformation of a girl and her family. But beyond that, she tells a universal story of how love chooses us, and how flashes of our beloved live through us even after they're gone. Before her Uncle Finn died of an illness people don't want to talk about, 14-year-old June Elbus thought she was the center of his world. A famous and reclusive painter, Finn made her feel uniquely understood, privy to secret knowledge like how to really hear Mozart's Requiem or see the shape of negative space. When he's gone, June discovers he had a bigger secret: his longtime partner, Toby, the only other person who misses him as much as she does. Her clandestine friendship with Toby--whom her parents blame for Finn's illness--sharpens tensions with her sister, Greta, until their bond seems to exist only in the portrait Finn painted of them. With wry compassion, Brunt portrays the bitter lengths to which we will go to hide our soft underbellies, and how summoning the courage to be vulnerable is the only way to see through to each other's hungry, golden souls. --Mari Malcolm

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''A gorgeously evocative novel about love, loss, and the ragged mysteries of the human heart, all filtered through the achingly real voice of a remarkable young heroine. How can you not fall in love with a book that shows you how hope can make a difference?'' --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

''Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a charming, sure-handed, and deeply sympathetic debut. Brunt writes about family, adolescence, and the human heart with great candor, insight, and pathos.'' --Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author

''A dazzling debut novel.'' --O, The Oprah Magazine

''Tremendously moving . . . Brunt strikes a difficult balance, imbuing June with the disarming candor of a child and the melancholy wisdom of a heart-scarred adult.'' --Wall Street Journal

''In this lovely debut novel set in the 1980s, Carol Rifka Brunt takes us under the skin and inside the tumultuous heart of June Elbus . . . Distracted parents, tussling adolescents, the awful ghost-world of the AIDS-afflicted before AZT -- all of it springs to life in Brunt's touching and ultimately hopeful book.'' --People (four stars)

''With this debut novel that flawlessly encapsulates the fragile years during the mid-'80s when the specter of AIDS began to haunt society at large, Carol Rifka Brunt establishes herself as an emerging author to watch . . . Tell the Wolves I'm Home will undoubtedly be this summer's literary sleeper hit.'' --Minneapolis Star Tribune

''What begins as a wary relationship between former rivals for Finn's affection blossoms touchingly.'' --Publishers Weekly

''[A] transcendent debut . . . Peopled by characters who will live in readers' imaginations long after the final page is turned, Brunt's novel is a beautifully bittersweet mix of heartbreak and hope.'' --Booklist (starred review)

''A universal story of how love chooses us and how flashes of our beloved live through us even after they're gone . . . With wry compassion, Brunt portrays the bitter lengths to which we will go to hide our soft underbellies and how summoning the courage to be vulnerable is the only way to see through to each other's hungry, golden souls.'' --Amazon.com, editorial review

''Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a tale as charming and magnetic as the missing character at its heart. It's a love story of the most unusual kind --several love stories, really-- vivid and madly relatable, heartening as well as heartbreaking. Brunt is a captivating storyteller and a wonderful new voice.'' --Rebecca Makkai, author of The Borrower

''A poignant debut . . . Brunt's first novel elegantly pictures the New York art world of the 1980s, suburban Westchester, and the isolation of AIDS.'' --Kirkus Reviews

Product details

  • File Size: 3147 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (June 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QPI9ZW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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