Jan 21, 2014

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

My sister Greta and I were having our portrait painted by our Uncle Finn that afternoon because he knew he was dying . . .
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 once inseparable 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 that June’s mother can barely bring herself to discuss, June’s world is turned upside down.
At the funeral, she notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd, and a few days later, June 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 realises she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he might just be the one she needs the most.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

I borrowed the text above from Carol Rifka Brunt's website. It's a website that's worth checking out. Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a story about love, but not the standard kind. All the main characters have a deep kind of love for someone and they cross lines wanting to be the only one this person loves back. The main character of the book is the teenager June. The reader gets a great view inside her head. She struggles with growing up and being unusual. She's very attached to her uncle Finn and when he dies she's devastated. She gets no support at all from her sister Greta who is mean to her and she keeps comparing herself to her in her eyes perfect sister. June forms a weird kind of friendship with Finn's hidden widower Toby with whom she doesn't want to share Finn's love. 
Even the irrational sounds rational in this book. Feelings happen to you and sometimes they're something you have to come to terms with. The book is about assumptions, prejudice, doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, fame, not feeling good enough and punishing other people out of hurt. Nobody knows how to share someone, they need to learn to show compassion and they want to be the one and only all the time. It isn't a light story and AIDS plays an important role in the book.  
The story is simply magnificent, I couldn't put it down. I got completely sucked in and wanted to know all the secrets that were revealed. I shed quite a few tears, but there's a great sense of humor as well. This is certainly one of the best books I've ever read.

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