Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, if not anything will surely unleash a whirlwind of emotions even in the most casual non engaged reader. Poignant, in-depth, and dark, it tells the story of June Elbus, a fourteen year old girl coping with the loss of her beloved uncle and renowned painter Finn Weiss. Uncle Finn whom she not only loved very much but was also in love with. Not the kind of love that is repulsive, or the kind of love that is stigma but a pure unadulterated love that comes from the bottom of the heart, love that she cannot understand, talk about or even admit to her own self. Junie, as she is lovingly called by her parents and her sister Greta who misses the closeness they once shared, spends most of her time reminiscing about her time with Uncle Finn and the last painting he makes of Greta and June called “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”. Until she meets Toby, Finn’s partner and soul mate who reaches out to her. An unexpected friendship blooms as June slowly realizes that she has known Toby all her life through the eyes of Finn. Hauntingly beautiful, the book leaves a lasting impression hard to shake off long after the final page is turned.
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