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  1. Nancy Nancy says:

    Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews 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 Jason’s review made me change my mind This story is much than the deep love June Elbus had for her uncle Finn Weiss who was the only man in her life who understood her completely It is also about the strained relationship she has with her older sister Greta navigating the tumultuous years between childhood and adulthood and the pain caused by suppressed feelings that result in anger resentment and jealousy I could understand and relate to June in so many ways She’s introverted introspective and an outsider but she’s no pushover She’s not that interested in what others think of her often making her own decisions regardless of peer or parental pressure I believe that perhaps June was born in the wrong city and the wrong time At nine she fantasized about time travel Now like her Uncle Finn she is fascinated with the life and art of the Middle Ages and retreats into another world during her solitary trips to the woods and their visits to the Cloisters Though Finn’s death has affected June’s entire family in different ways it is June’s pain that feels the most acute She was the one who spent the most time with him and connected with him on so many levels So imagine how she feels when she learns that she wasn’t the only significant person in Finn’s life June’s friendship with Finn’s partner Toby starts tentatively and gradually deepens as they both share a common grief They connect through stories about Finn’s life his art and the depth of their love for FinnI listened to Mozart’s Reuiem while I was reading its intensity ebbs and flows so much like real life and I understand why it was so meaningful to June and Finn Because I was thinking of my friend Mark his passion for life that matched Finn’s and the devastation I felt when he died I couldn’t help but find the Reuiem overlaid by one of Mark’s favorite songs Guns in the Sky Now that I’ve returned this book to the library I’m feeling a little lonely and sad I need to have my own copy to highlight meaningful passages and relive those intense feelings I was a little surprised this was not on the YA shelf at the library It deals with many adult themes but the hurt pain and love pouring from its pages is beautiful and heartbreaking and will stay with you regardless of your age I strongly recommend it to all my young friends This is easily one of my favorite books Updated 10813I now have my own signed copy

  2. karen karen says:

    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 forget what 8 was for and9 9 9 for a lost god and10 10 10 10 for everything everything everything everythingthis book is everything everything everything everything i don't even know where to startyou book criers?? this is for you i didn't naturally but god how i wanted to this is the most poignant and tender book full of real ie not schmaltzy manipulative nicholas sparks style emotional pull its focus is june a fourteen year old girl who is a character uncomfortable in her own reality she would rather live in the middle ages when magic and science were still intertwined where the world was hushed and yet majestic where the forest could envelop and shut out all problems unfortunately she lives in westchester in the 80's and her beloved uncle has just died of AIDS june is a tremendous character and so lovingly written you feel everything she feels her confusion and her loss and her strength even when she doesn't realize how strong she is being just by going to school and not giving a shit about what her peers think of her in her medieval boots and long skirts because they are not important all she cared about in the world was her uncle and the times they shared listening to the reuiem and drinking tea and going to the cloisters and endlessly creating worlds around themselves to the exclusion of all else including june's sister greta with whom she used to be extremely close after finn's death june is shattered and no one understands the depths of her pain until someone does until june begins to learn about other facets of her uncle's life and meets someone who understands perfectly well the empty space finn's death has left and the long slow journey towards healing starts with one step a teapot and a paintingfirst novel? how is this possible? there are so very many passages here that i just wanted to eat up this whole book is just perfect every character every moment of clarity every petty jealous thought and hasty act every moment when june takes a step back to really see what she has been misinterpreting or overlooking every confession every moment she spends with her parents she is just a marvel of a character if things went my way i would be working at a renaissance fair as a falconer i wouldn't have to worry about climbing career ladders or getting promotions because falconry's not like that either you're a falconer or you're not either the birds come back to you or they fly awayboth of her parents are accountants which means that during tax season when the events of the novel take place she and her sister are tax orphans taking care of themselves while her parents work long and exhausting hours and are not around to help her through her griefwhen her father comes home one evening tired and sick and worked to the bone well why do you do it then?i meant it seriouslyi really wondered why people were always doing what they didn't like doing it seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel right when you were born the tunnel was huge you could be anything then like the absolute second after you were born the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size you were a boy and already it was certain that you wouldn't be a mother and it was likely you wouldn't become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some you broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher you failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of being a scientist like that on and on through the years until you were stuck you'd become a baker or a librarian or a bartender or an accountant and there you were i figured that on the day you died the tunnel would be so narrow you'd have sueezed yourself in with so many choices that you just got suashedwhy do i i do it? my dad said that's a no brainer for you for you and greta and your motheroh i said suddenly feeling immensely sad that somebody would throw their whole life away just to make sure other people were happyi mean that is gorgeous and a coming of age realization that doesn't come across as trite and commonplace and that last sentence will resonate after you finish the book no doubtthere are so many passages here that i want to type out but i think you should just read the book trust a karen on this one this is a keeper i borrowed this from work but i am just going to buy it instead of returning it i don't want anyone else touching this copy this one is minea note on the reuiem i spent about 20 minutes digging out my copy of it before sitting down to write this review i rarely listen to music any but the reuiem has to be one of the most perfect musical pieces ever and it has always shattered me while buoying me up at the same time and this book is positively dripping with it it is the perfect musical accompaniment and it reminded me that this exists is a cover of part of the reuiem that this band played at my store one time better than this recording and i remember i was shelving walking across the floor with some books and as soon as i realized what i was listening to i dropped everything i was holding and just stood there mesmerized it is kind of a fantastic interpretation the version i heard is on this podcast i can't figure out how to ffwd to the song which is the last one they played that night so someone should do that for me because i think that version is way superiorbut really read this book even though this review is completely inadeuate at even coming close to what it did to me you have tocome to my blog

  3. Jason Jason says:

    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 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 lyrical poetic and beautiful way This book theme centers on death and it is magical in that it shows that at the end of the day everyone dies but as the old cliché goes not everyone truly lives As June our main protagonist goes through her trials and tribulations growing up as a 14 year old teenager the book climaxes as she comes to understand about herself and about life in general We the readers are treated to the depth of the title ”Tell the Wolves I’m Home” First off if plan on reading this book you should immediately download Mozart’s Reuiem his final composition It will truly help you appreciate this novel Mozart’s final masterpiece plays along and captures the beauty and complexity of young June’s life and maybe a bit of yours too This is a music piece about death’s door about God’s deliverance and about heaven and earth At times it is simple in its uiet beauty and at others it is harsh and aggressive and all the while it is deep and complex So too is this coming of age story about a young teenage girl named June When the lyrics of the song soar over the orchestra you cannot help but feel that you know these words that you feel them and understand them to their deepest meaning even though they are sung in Latin a language that most cannot understand at all The vocals are magnificent and powerful and they capture the beauty told to us in this wonderful tale They parallel the stories and they show depth and complexity “The Reuiem was a secret between me and Finn Just the two of us We didn’t even need to look at each other when he put it on We both understood He’d taken me to a concert at a beautiful church on 84th Street once and told me to close my eyes and listen That’s when I first heard it That’s when I first fell in love with that music” Let me talk a little about the characters in this novel It all starts and center around an amazing young girl named June Elbus At her heart June is a romantic “ro•man•tic    roh man tik Show IPA adjective 1of pertaining to or of the nature ofromance; characteristic or suggestive of theworld of romance a romantic adventure 2fanciful; impractical; unrealistic romanticideas 3imbued with or dominated by idealism adesire for adventure chivalry etc 4characterized by a preoccupation with love orby the idealizing of love or one's beloved 5displaying or expressing love or strongaffection” ““A romantic you barnacle not lovey dovey romantic” He leaned over like he was about to nudge my shoulder with his but then he pulled away “What’s the difference?” I asked cautiously “Being a romantic means you always see what’s beautiful What’s good You don’t want to see the gritty truth of things You believe everything will turn out right” I breathed out That wasn’t so bad I felt the blood ease away from my face “Well what about you?” I dared to ask Finn “Are you a romantic?”” June has a secret a huge secret that she believes that no one knowsyou see June is in love with her uncle her uncle Finn a homosexual adult that is dying of AIDS For all 14 plus years June does everything in her power to see her uncle to be with him and to keep him for herself She is ashamed of her feelings of her wants and her needs but cannot be sorry for them The theme of this book is her growth and development and the understanding of her own self and place The following uote could be a small spoiler but defines it well “And then I thought something terrible I thought that if Finn were still alive Toby and I wouldn’t be friends at all If Finn hadn’t caught AIDS I would never even have met Toby That strange and awful thought swirled around in my buzzy head Then something else occurred to me What if it was AIDS that made Finn settle down? What if even before he knew he had it AIDS was making him slower pulling him back to his family making him choose to be my godfather It was possible that without AIDS I would never have gotten to know Finn or Toby There would be a big hole filled with nothing in place of all those hours and days I’d spent with them If I could time travel could I be selfless enough to stop Finn from getting AIDS? Even if it meant I would never have him as my friend? I didn’t know I had no idea how greedy my heart really was” Other notable characters are Toby and Greta and of course Finn via many backstories These people make up all of June’s life and we are treated to fully realized characters that are very much people that you may know in real life too The magic of this book is revealed as June begins to open her eyes Many great steps forward are made when unforeseen events occur or when her mischievous behaviors lead to dire circumstances June and Greta’s lives are changed irrevocably by the death of their uncle Finn and the subseuent events that follow his passing The novel progresses through June telling us many stories about her and Finn about her mother and about her relationship with her older sister Greta It is exciting to see the changes in her that telling these stories with Toby and with us do for her as a young adult growing up Couple these fabulous snippets with Carol Rifka Brunt’s wonderful vocabulary and literary style and you have one great piece of fiction Brunt’s story telling borders on fairy tale style and I loved itThe ending of this novel is unforgettable It will crack the hardest stone and melt the largest piece of ice and it will touch you in a way that you won’t soon forget I loved itI mean I really loved how the strings of this story were brought together and how they played out as a beautiful musical chord The end of this book is sure to be a tissue grabbing moment for most My favorite thing about this book is the fact that this story moved me I will remember it clearly for a long time and I am truly glad that I read it It is a must read for literary fans and for anyone that appreciates great writingThis was my favorite read of 2012

  4. jessica jessica says:

    i can probably count on two hands the number of books that have made me cry it doesnt happen often so when a story causes me to tear up i know its immediately going to go on my favourites list this is such a bittersweet story its a tenderly told coming of age tale about a girl who finds herself after losing someone very important to her its a story of first loves sisterly bonds hard truths and developing acceptance i honestly cant express the extent of my love for finn june and toby it feels as if they nestled right into my heart and made it impossible for me to not care about them and not get emotional at how their lives played out i could have easily read another 300 pages about them thank goodness rereads are socially acceptable 3↠ 45 stars

  5. Benjamin Benjamin says:

    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 when in fact they are loved by everyone It's terribly boring and terribly indulgent I think it's not a necessary evil or fact of the genre but just something that occurs as a result of ham fisted characterisation and writing There are good elements to this book—it explores complex and overwhelming relationships between people in a clever way It I think does a very good job of capturing a socio cultural point of time I think it starts to fall down when it tries to become too profound and instead feels mawkish and overdone The emotional journey the main character undertakes feels predictably on rails I think if the book took comfort in a certain superficiality rather than tried to really get to the core of deep dark emotions it would have been much better It's a spork book when I would have been much happy with either a spoon or a fork I think you really have to ignore the first page of Goodreads reviews—they are overwhelmingly extreme in their opinions This book attempts to be beautiful heart wrenching and so on but it really isn't It's a decent story with good writing not this fantastic vital book

  6. Trudi Trudi says:

    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 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 can leave you floundering without any words to describe the experience a cruel irony if there ever was one I have no words or I feel like I don't have enough or know the right ones to use to capture the intensity and sweetness of Tell the Wolves I'm Home Like Mozart's Reuiem it's meant to be experienced It's the really funny joke that you had to be there to find funny at all I can tell you it's a coming of age story that hits all the right notes regarding that excruciating confusing transition between childhood and adulthood from innocence to innocence lost June is fourteen and bright and funny and loveable but also fierce and stubborn and selfish She's prideful and lacks confidence while at the same time marches to the beat of her own romantic drum She's learning to love not just perfection but flaws and failures discovering that real beauty real love has scars and history mistakes and disappointments There is so much character in this story not just June but her sister Greta their beloved uncle Finn and his beloved Toby Each character is whole with lives and souls to call their own Their voices are distinct their points of view crystalline and uniue It makes you care it makes you feel and cry and sigh and laugh out loud There's also a sense of place a time really that's so vivid it acts as a powerful subtext to the entire novel June is growing up in the 1980's while her uncle is dying from AIDS We remember the music the clothes the movies and that makes us smile But then we remember the ignorance and fear the prejudice and cruelty as much a part of the disease as its auto immune deficiency and we weep Toby and Finn with genuine humanity symbolize the tragic loss of so many young men in the early days of AIDS before anyone really understood what was happening before anyone had the courage to do anything about it when they finally knew exactly what was happening Ultimately this book is about profound loss and the giant grief that accompanies it It's about finding yourself in that loss and then finding your way through it If you've been there you know There are no shortcuts It is what it is and it's you and it But if we're lucky if we're really lucky there will be someone beside us to hold our hand to pull us in to catch our tears to guide us back to the land of the living This is an emotional story but it is in no way maudlin or melodramatic It could be that book that smacks of manipulation and exploits tragedy for the big win Tell the Wolves I'm Home is not that book It is the very opposite of that book I'm going to end this review with a Hemingway uote that I would like to dedicate to June and Greta and Finn and Toby “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places”

  7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    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 unlikely friend and learns some hard truths about her family and herselfPlease note you will NOT get me to change my opinion so if you just loveloveloved Tell the Wolves I’m Home and can’t understand how anyone could not – you should probably move along I know I have chosen the road less taken but I have to own up to the fact that I did not like this book At all I think the only reason it received the hype it did was that Carol Rifka Brunt made it take place at the onset of the AIDS crisis If Finn died of just plain old cancer no one would have given two shits about this novel If you liked it power to you As for me my 1 Star rating and this review???? Every moment in this book felt forced Rather just saying we’re in 198687 the issue is pushed with horrible “product placement” type announcements that are completely unnecessary ie “the Rubix cube on the dresser” or “wax onwax off” or “Tiffany’s new remake of an old classic – “I Think We’re Alone Now” – playing on the radio The only thing missing was June walking in wearing her “Frankie Say Relax” t shirt Rather than writing a story about familial relationships and how they can disintegrate so easily the AIDS crisis has been pushed to the forefront as the excuse for bad behavior Rather than letting June be devastated when her favorite person in the world dies or making June’s character younger and experiencing “first love” with her uncle instead we deal with a 14 year old and a type of love that pushes toward perversion rather than adoration I realize again that I have taken a very unpopular opinion But you know what? I can’t remember reading a book where I liked the characters less than this June is an idiot Greta is a bully the mother is a bitch the father is absentee The only person I wanted to know anything about was Toby I want to read Toby’s story I want to know everything about him in great detail His childhood how he fell in love with Finn how he dealt with having AIDS back when even the President of the United States wouldn’t dare mention the name what it felt like to get diagnosed with an illness that meant everyone would be terrified of you and how he managed to survive losing the love of his life Toby’s story is one that needs to be told – just not by Carol Rifka Brunt She’d only fuck it up and make it dirty and horrible If you loved this book I’m happy for you and please know I really wanted expected to as well Sadly it just wasn’t in the cards for me This is my honest review and

  8. F F says:

    I really liked this book It was a fairly uick 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 loved finding out and about uncle finnI felt June was very mature for her age and a good head on her shoulders Feel bad for her at parts too like admitting she was in love with her uncleThe mum was an unlikable self centered bitch

  9. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    Despite the buzz I wasn't expecting much The plot description a cool uncle with AIDS inspires his niece to discover herself sounded like a total bore It sounded like something I'd have to pry my eyes open to finish Glad I went against my gut because it turned out to be just the opposite I couldn't put it downThough this is her first novel Brunt writes like a career veteran Her prose is both simple and beautiful It never gets in the way of the story and is only flowery when it counts I lost myself in the lines from the first sentence It’s one of those books where you forget you’re reading and just dissolve into the characters’ livesThere’s a lot of art to appreciate both literally and figuratively Like a painting Uncle Finn and AIDS is always there in the background shaping the characters and maybe even observing them but it's brilliantly designed this way to set up a richly woven plot soaking in metaphor There's certainly a direct story that is engaging throughout but there’s also a second tier story hidden between the linesIf you read carefully—and don’t worry Brunt makes this easy to do—you can focus on the “negative space” and start to experience the multi dimensional uality of the plot I read a lot of books and this is probably the most intricately woven novel I’ve ever come across that can be enjoyed in a mainstream easy reading sort of wayUpdate I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since this was published Where is Carol Rifka Brunt? No second book on the horizon yet I know it’s got to be tough to deliver any sort of follow up to this masterpiece but I really hope she has to share with the world Tell the Wolves I’m Home remains on my personal list of Top 100 Books of All Time

  10. Thomas Thomas says:

    When I finished this book I felt overwhelmed Like every bit of beautiful writing and bittersweet emotion had filled my heart and made it ready to burst There are some books that you finish and think thank goodness I'm a reader or thank goodness I got to read this one Tell The Wolves I'm Home is one of those books and easily the best book I've read in 2012It's not like the story was a loud one Our fourteen year old protagonist June Elbus enjoys spending time in solitude or with her uncle Finn instead of hanging out with kids her age She gets B's in school and has no tremendous talent like her sister Greta But she offers some of the keenest and most honest observations I've ever read I wasn't interested in drinking beer or vodka or smoking cigarettes or doing all the other things Greta thinks I can't even imagine I don't want to imagine those things Anyone can imagine things like that I want to imagine wrinkled time and forests think with wolves and bleak midnight moors I dream about people who don't need to have sex to know they love each other I dream about people who would only ever kiss you on the cheekThe plot centers on June's struggle to cope with her uncle Finn's death which was due to AIDS After receiving a letter from a mysterious man who claims to have had a connection with Finn as well June decides to meet this person thus causing a waterfall of events that could hopefully lead her to healEvery character felt like a real person I am not exaggerating This is my 400th review on Goodreads and out of the 400 books I've read and reviewed Tell The Wolves I'm Home definitely places in the top 5% for its characters Like I said June is not a perfect protagonist Some readers may even hate her But all of her feelings her loneliness her jealousy her melancholy made me want to tell her it would be okay and cry alongside her Greta her mom and her dad each possessed bad personality traits but by the end after looking at the full and finished portrait of each character I came to empathize with all of themThe writing Carol Rifka Brunt's writing possessed so much pulchritude I don't think I can describe it It wasn't bombastic or manipulative rather it was thoughtful and breathtaking Read this I really wondered why people were always doing what they didn't like doing It seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel Right when you were born the tunnel was huge You could be anything Then like the absolute second after you were born the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size You were a boy and already it was certain you wouldn't be a mother and it was likely you wouldn't become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher Then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some You broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher You failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of being a scientist Like that On and on through the years until you were stuck You'd become a baker or a librarian or a bartender Or an accountant And there you were I figured that on the day you died the tunnel would be so narrow you'd have sueezed yourself in with so many choices that you just got suashedThis is one of the first books I'll reference when people doubt the power of realistic fiction No vampires no fallen angels no magical realism just a simple yet gargantuan story about a girl whose uncle died because of a horrid disease Tell the Wolves I'm Home will whittle your heart down to nothing and build it back up stronger than ever beforereview cross posted on my blog the uiet voice

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home [PDF] ✐ Tell the Wolves I'm Home By Carol Rifka Brunt – 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 ca There’s only one person who Wolves I'm PDF º 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 Tell the PDF \ 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 the Wolves I'm eBook ´ world is turned upside down But Finn’s death brings a surprise acuaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal and to uestion 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.

  • ebook
  • 345 pages
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home
  • Carol Rifka Brunt
  • English
  • 03 September 2014