Title: Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Author: Carla Rivka Brunt
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Dial Press
Edition: EdelweissSetting: New York
Source:NetGalley and Edelweiss
Date Completed: August/2012
Rating: 5/5Recommend: yes-highly!
A lovable narrator, 14 year-old June Elbus is finding growing up difficult. Her parents are accountants, often working long hours -- she thinks they are boring. Her older sister Greta has become mean to her lately, and she finds she likes to spend time alone, preferably in the woods listening for the howl of the wolves. She also enjoys visiting the one special person who seems to understand her, Uncle Finn.
Uncle Finn is her mom's brother, he's a famous painter, and has been working on a painting of June and Greta when they visit him. Uncle Finn is also dying of AIDS. Being that it is 1987, AIDS is that hush hush disease that nobody is comfortable talking about, and so for June when Uncle Finn dies, she has lots of unanswered questions.
One day a mysterious man posing as a delivery man delivers a teapot to June that belonged to Uncle Finn. A letter from the mystery man, Toby, happens to be the "special" friend of Uncle Finn follows. The letter asks June to meet Toby to talk, telling her that what her parents believe about him isn't true. June is curious, she is also sad and grieving, but through Toby, her new secret, special friend, June begins to learn much more about her favorite uncle. Through their secret meeting June not only begins to heal, but also helps lonely, grieving Toby in the process.
A touching and sometimes emotional story, this amazing debut novel will tug at your heartstrings, but it will also make you happy that you had the chance to meet June, Uncle Finn and Toby. It is through these amazing characters that we revisit the pains of growing up, what it feels like to lose a loved one, and how to heal a broken heart.
A top 10 book of mine for 2012, do yourself a favor and READ this book. Brunt is a debut author to watch for moving forward -- wonderful.