BOOK REVIEW:Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre:  Historical Fiction/Lgbtq

Publisher: The Dial Press                  
367 pages
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1987. The only person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus is her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can be herself only 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. At the funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail containing 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 that this unexpected friend just might be the one she needs the most.


This was a hard book for me to get through just the trauma that so many gay men had to go through during this crazy time.  The stigma of being gay coupled with an unknown disease that was ravaging the community, families not wanting to acknowlege the disease or allow partners to attend funerals it was a very dark time.  As a member of the LGBTQ community I also recognize what an important time this was but its also very difficult to read about.

I loved all of the characters however it did get a bit annoying the constant fighting between the sisters but thats also very true to life.  There were so many layers to this book it is definitely one you want to take your time with.  Beautifully written with so much depth.  I had to read it in small piece instead of just blowing through it like I normally would do.  

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