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Tell the Wolves I’m Home

In My Book Club Books on December 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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by Carol Rijka Brunt

Publisher’s Blurb (Goodreads):

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 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 world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—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 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.

Book Club Discussion: We all really enjoyed this book. The quality of the writing was incredible, and each of us had particular passages that seem to be permanently etched in our minds. This is a book that has so many layers and themes that the reader is sure to discover more upon re-reading it. This is definitely a book you want to talk about with others who have read it.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Other Reviews:

http://www.respiring-thoughts.com/2013/01/01/book-review-tell-wolves-im-home-by/

http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2013/02/24/review-tell-the-wolves-im-home-by-carol-rifka-brunt/

Some of my favorite lines:

“I don’t know. None of those things should have mattered, but I guess they did. I guess they were like water. Soft and harmless until enough time went by. Then all of a sudden you found yourself with the Grand Canyon on your hands.” — pg. 36

“When you have a watch, time is like a swimming pool. There are edges and sides. Without a watch, time is like the ocean. Sloppy and vast. I didn’t have a watch.” –pg. 288

Favorite lines from other readers:

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/18028067-tell-the-wolves-i-m-home

Our Book Club Menu

Vanilla Plum Martini (http://www.swoonedmagazine.com/blog/post/signature-cocktail-8-vanilla-plum-martiniIMG959402

IMG956994Chinese Take Out (Uncle Finn was big on eating out) IMG_0386

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