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Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel | Carol Rifka Brunt
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal O: The Oprah Magazine BookPage Kirkus Reviews Booklist School Library Journal In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you dont know youve lost someone until youve found them. NATIONAL BESTSELLER NAMED A FAVORITE READ BY GILLIAN FLYNN WINNER OF THE ALEX AWARD 1987. Theres only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and thats her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finns 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, Junes world is turned upside down. But Finns death brings a surprise acquaintance into Junes lifesomeone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart. At Finns 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 Finns apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes shes 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. An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves Im Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again. Praise for Tell the Wolves Im Home A dazzling debut novel.O: The Oprah Magazine This compassionate and vital novel will rivet readers until the very end. . . . The narrative is as tender and raw as an exposed nerve, pulsing with the sharpest agonies and ecstasies of the human condition.BookPage Tremendously moving.The Wall Street Journal Transcendent . . . Peopled by characters who will live in readers imaginations long after the final page is turned, Brunts novel is a beautifully bittersweet mixture of heartbreak and hope.Booklist (starred review) Carol Rifka Brunt establishes herself as an emerging author to watch.Minneapolis Star Tribune Touching and ultimately hopeful.People Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.
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CaitZ
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A beautiful emotional coming-of-age story set during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. My last book of the year. #WinterReadathon #Booked2022 @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae

Andrew65 This is on my TBR, I really must get to it. 1mo
BkClubCare I loved this, too. 1mo
Cinfhen This is such a beloved book!!! 1mo
DieAReader 💜💜💜 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This is one of my all time favorites and I don‘t think it gets enough love!!

14 year old June loses her beloved uncle to AIDS in the 1980‘s. He‘s the only person who has ever truly understood her. She then develops a friendship with his boyfriend. Love, loss, grief, acceptance… All the feels!! 💚💚

#TBT

Great idea Shawna!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a great book. 3mo
Shemac77 Such a great book! 3mo
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jlhammar Loved this book! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh! This is a great pick Misty! I remember when it came out and people were so in awe, and you are right, no one seems to talk about it now. Defiantly time for a resurgence. 3mo
Suet624 I agree. I loved it and yet I felt as though no one knew about it. 3mo
ErikasMindfulShelf Such a great book! 3mo
Tamra 🙌🏾 So good! 3mo
BookBr This is a beautiful book 🥰 3mo
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HeathHof
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This was an absolutey beautiful story.
A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️pick for me.
💙💙💙
#trappedonanisland
@aperfectmjk @Littlewolf1

TheBookHippie One of my favorites ! 6mo
AmyG I so loved this one, too. 6mo
Librarybelle I loved this one too! 6mo
marleed It‘s among my favorites! 6mo
aperfectmjk Awesome! 🤗 6mo
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HeathHof
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Started the second book from this month's batch for #trappedonanisland and it is SO good. TGIF because I can't wait to spend the day reading it tomorrow. 🤗
@aperfectmjk @Littlewolf1

AmyG Great book and as always, I love your plants. 🙌🏻 6mo
HeathHof @AmyG 🙌 thank you! 6mo
HeathHof Also, I just realized that you are the one who have me this book! Almost 2 years ago for #Septemberswap. Thank you so much! 6mo
AmyG Ha…I completely forgot. You are so welcome! 6mo
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Julz422
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I picked this up at my used book store for like $3 and it was worth so much more than that. Such a unique, important, beautifully written story that made me tear up at the end. One my favorites that I‘ve read this year.

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Julz422
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More summer reading and wine 😎

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Julz422
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OBX vacay

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DivineDiana
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While this is a story of the relationship between a 14 year old girl and her uncle who is a famous artist, it is also the story of the country‘s reaction to the AIDS epidemic in 1987. And then again, it is a story of love and acceptance, and the sacrifices that are made in the name of love. Characters that will touch your heart. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. #pridemonth #booked2022 #mclivingwithaids

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Karisa
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Great read for #PrideMonth! It‘s a beautiful book set in the ‘80s about a teenage girl trying to navigate through difficult family dynamics after the loss of her beloved artist uncle to AIDS.

“I thought of all the different kinds of love in the world. I could think of ten without even trying.”

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DivineDiana
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My current strategy to attack the ridiculous #MtTBR stack is to choose a book that also has an audio available to borrow. I was also looking for a book to celebrate #Pridemonth. This one is my choice.

Julsmarshall I‘ve been using that method for awhile now and it is helping me move through them much quicker! And I enjoyed this book, hope you do too! 8mo
DivineDiana @Julsmarshall Glad I finally figured it out! 😂 I am enjoying it! 🙂 8mo
Karisa Oooh, I‘ve been meaning to read that one forever too and just finished a book. Bumping it to the top of my list. 😊 8mo
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DivineDiana @Karisa Sounds like a good idea! 😊 8mo
Tamra I liked this one quite a lot! Worth a reread in fact. (edited) 8mo
DivineDiana @Tamra I am liking it too! 8mo
jlhammar I thought this was really good. Very moving. Hope you enjoy! 8mo
DivineDiana @jlhammar Thank you for letting me know. I am sensing that I am soon to have my heart broken.💔 8mo
BookwormM Loved this book 8mo
DivineDiana @BookwormM I‘m happy to hear that! 🙂 8mo
Tera66 This is one of top favorites of all time, wish I could read it for the first time all over again. 8mo
DivineDiana @Tera66 I am captivated! 8mo
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Julz422
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Picked this up at the used bookstore yesterday. I love summer 😎

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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs A great book 🖤💚🖤 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my all time favorites 💚 12mo
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Tera66
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#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView
Thank you for the tag, @eggs 🌺 and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌻
1. I can enjoy either kind of book as long as the writing is good.
2. 🐺

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 13mo
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BethHagey
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulHarvest
Two books with title #Home . Tagged book was a good story about loneliness and friendship. I‘ve enjoyed Tryon‘s ‘The Other‘ and Harvest Home sounds as great.

Eggs Brilliant ❣️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVE Wolves!! I am always recommending it!! 💚💚💚 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#LesserKnownBooks
#FallTreasures

LOVE this one!! 💚🖤💚

WJCintron Love the color effect!
I have a question, is it too late to join the #falltreasures? I would love to participate. 😃 👍
1y
jeannasser I own this book 😊 it‘s on my TBR for sure 1y
Librarybelle This was such an amazing book! It‘s one I recommend quite often. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @WJCintron you can join anytime you wish!! ❤️ 1y
Eggs Agreed!! 1y
Tera66 Sooo good!💚 1y
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perfectsinner
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I've a feeling this book is gonna rip my heart out

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Tera66
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#WonderousWednesday @Eggs 🌷
1. I used to read tons of magazines, but I've been focused on books now. I have a huge TBR, and if I don't keep focused I'm never going to get anywhere.
2. Not really, my bestfriend reads but not like me. I'm the book obsessed one.
3. It's a feeling, when a book makes me feel that magic feeling.
4. My doctors. They are amazing.

Eggs Thanks so much for joining in📚👏🏻❤️ 1y
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Lesliereadsalot
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What a family this is. Narrated by a young girl, we get to know her sister, her mother and her uncle. All well-developed characters and a good story about her navigating all these relationships.

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joidevivre55
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jerdencon
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A little late but finally starting this one for #lmbpc #groupg @shellleigh33 I totally forgot at I hadn‘t read this (this is why I shouldn‘t be in 2 #lmpbc groups lol). Starting it today and will get it in the mail by next week. @staci.reads

Soubhiville Oh, I loved this book! I hope you do too. 2y
Tamra Great one! 2y
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TheDaysGoBy
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I finished Tell the Wolves I‘m Home and just yesterday watched The Normal Heart. One doesn‘t really have anything to do with the other except the time/setting/certain circumstances.

Tell the Wolves I‘m Home is about a 14 year old girl who loses her uncle she loved dearly to AIDS and she ends up developing a relationship with his lover she‘d known nothing about. The Normal Heart is set in NYC in the early 80s at the start of the AIDS crisis.

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TheDaysGoBy Both were so compelling, and yes, unrelated but I was still so struck with the similarities I saw when watching The Normal Heart (which was acted beautifully). They were also both heart wrenching with themes of loss and grief. I loved the book - was engrossed in all the characters and just loved everything about it. So yes, I rec it but I also rec The Normal Heart. It pulled similar feelings/threads for me 2y
Laughterhp Is that Mark Ruffalo and it looks like Matt Bomer but not sure. 2y
TheDaysGoBy @Laughterhp Yep! You nailed on both accounts. I‘d had it on my list because I‘d recently watched White Collar and fell in love with Matt Bomer. And he and Mark Ruffalo were so great in that movie. Great eye on your part! 2y
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Laughterhp I‘ve never seen the movie but I used to be obsessed with Matt Bomer because of White Collar! 2y
TheDaysGoBy @Laughterhp That‘s where I‘m living now - with an obsession for Matt Bomer 😂 I just thought he acted so great in White Collar…and obviously easy on the eyes 😉 I watched The Last Tycoon on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago where he played a Hollywood producer in the 40s and it was so good! 2y
Kimberlone Loved this book and The Normal Heart made me cry so hard when I watched it years ago 😭 2y
TheDaysGoBy @Kimberlone It was incredible! I tend not to cry much but that movie had me welling up. So sad! 2y
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I'm so bored, so I'm posting about my favorite fiction - thinking this will be a list of 9 to fit on one post insta. Let's start with Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt. It takes place in the eighties and is about June, who is fourteen and ugly and weird, and who just lost her beloved uncle to AIDS. As she is attempting to cope and learn more about him, she meets his long term partner and unravels some family secrets. Wonderful ⬇️

annamatopoetry portrayals of characters, I especially like how the mother is just an awful human being, absolutely horrible, I want to punch her, but she's not abusive. She's an ok mom, just morally bankrupt. This is also the only book I brought to book club that other people liked, especially those with older sisters. 2y
Tamra This was an unexpected delight of a read! 💙 (edited) 2y
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staci.reads
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It's a beautiful story, filled with all kinds of complicated relationships. I really enjoyed this one and poured through it quickly. I loved reading your thoughts, Michelle. @shellleigh33 . #lmpbc #groupG @suvata @laurenashley @Jerdencon

marleed It‘s one of my most often recommended books! 2y
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staci.reads
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Michelle, your book arrived this week! Super excited to read it! And Lauren, Girl, Woman, Other will be going out in the mail tomorrow - hope you enjoy! #LMPBC #groupg @shellleigh33 @laurenashley @Jerdencon

Tera66 This is one of my most favorite books ever! Written so beautifully. 2y
Soubhiville Such a great book! 2y
Twainy I cried 2y
staci.reads @Tera66 @Soubhiville @Twainy That makes me even more excited to read it! 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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What a lovely, honest novel. I was a few years younger than June in 1986, and my upbringing was quite different, but I relate to her feelings during those pre-AZT, latchkey kid, no cellphone times. And as an adult, I can relate to her parents and their fumbling attempts to do what's right for their children. With its look into relationships, identity, and growing up, this is a book I think my 15yo would appreciate.

Tamra Isn‘t it captivating? I couldn‘t put it down. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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It probably doesn't quite count as the cat sitting with me since he didn't choose to join me, just chose not to get up when I joined him, but after almost six weeks with us and no lap sits, I'm taking what I can get.

And I'm really enjoying this book.

Jari-chan Great book and great sign of trust ❤ 2y
Ellies_Books06 It takes time, he will sooner than you think. 💙🐱💙 2y
mom2bugnbee Toe beans! He's a lovely kitty. 2y
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shellleigh33
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Okay #groupG #LMBPC this is the book I have chosen for this round. I am going to go with a green pen for my mark-up color. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Jerdencon Looking forward to it! 2y
staci.reads Awesome! 2y
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TheDaysGoBy
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@Texreader Thank you so much for everything! I love the book and the cute bookmark you clipped on as well as the magnetic shopping list. And the candy! You ran with the peppermint theme and gave me some new chocolates to try. I‘ve never had them and it‘s so cool they came from Scotland/the UK.

Thank you again so much! You‘re so sweet! Hope you have a wonderful holiday! 😀🎄

#jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

Texreader I had a lot of fun shopping for you. Glad you like everything 2y
squirrelbrain The book is wonderful! 2y
AmyG Such a great book. Merry Christmas 🎄 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ✨🎄 Happy Christmas 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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If y‘all aren‘t swapping books on Facebook, you‘re doing it wrong. 🤩

marleed Oh no! I‘m doing it wrong! 2y
Chab256 I discovered various fb swapping sites this year but wish I had known this existed earlier! 2y
Erinreadsthebooks @Chab256 Same here! I could‘ve saved lots of money 😅 2y
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elisebarker
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Oh man was this a wonderful book! Captures different types of relationships so well. The writing was great and the story was so heartbreakingly beautiful. A must read! Thank you @DimeryRene for recommending this book to me four years ago 😂

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GreenGrl87
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Ok, be warned the #catchup posts are coming! It‘s October 1st, and I just felt super compelled when I woke up to complete my remaining #3books challenge posts (I think this is especially since I was so close to being done). So here are 3 that gave me serious book hangovers! After I finished each of these, I was just like ‘what even is life‘. These #3books really got in my bones!

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The top two are two of my favorites ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
GreenGrl87 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks aren‘t they amazing!! Man, Tell the Wolves I‘m Home especially just seemed to hit me out of no where, I really wasn‘t expecting to love it the way I do, I guess because I hadn‘t heard very much about it beforehand unlike the others. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @GreenGrl87 I wasn‘t either!!! I recommend it to everyone!! 2y
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Read-y_Picker
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A little late posting my #3books #setinnewyork but I had to do a little digging and I really enjoyed all of these.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love to see people reading 💚💚 2y
Read-y_Picker @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it was truly very moving. If I‘d had a hard copy I would have passed it on for sure. Starting with my sister... 2y
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nichollinlove
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This is my first book on the topic of AIDS/HIV. The uncertainty and the stigma around this disease were both at their peak in the 80s. This book covers multiple sides of what that looked like then.

This book is really a coming of age story for a young girl dealing with grief, loneliness and guilt. Struggling to find common ground with family and understand her adored uncle.

A gorgeous, albeit sad, YA novel.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

marleed This YA novel is is a couple years old and gave me awesome TTWIH vibes! 2y
nichollinlove @marleed I added it to my TBR. It was on my radar once upon a time and somehow fell off. Thank you for the rec, I'm hoping to read it soon. 2y
perfectsinner On my list 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) Tell the Wolves I‘m Home 💚
2) Angie Thomas
3) Taken
4) Taylor Swift 🎼
5) Teardrops on my guitar 🎸

#ManicMonday
#LetterT

tanya1512 Love some T.S. Have you listed to Exile with Bon Iver on her new album? 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Taken is an excellent film! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tanya1512 I‘ve been listening to this all day 💔 love it!! 2y
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candority
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Here are my books for #BookSpinBingo in August! I‘m going to use the other five spots as “free” spots, so I can read whatever I feel like. I couldn‘t resist reading a few library books in July, so this month, I‘m going to have those count towards a potential bingo! Can‘t wait for another great month of reading!

Thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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AmyK1
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It‘s 1986 and June is an awkward 14 year old. Her best friend-her uncle Finn-has just died of AIDS. Her older sister seems to be going through a breakdown. And her uncle‘s final wish to her is that she take care of Toby. This is a touching story about love, jealousy and family.

It also gives me my 2nd bingo for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

candority I‘ve been wanting to read this book for years and I found it in a second hand store just last week! I‘m hoping to get to it in August! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Awesome progress. I love that cover! 3y
Zoes_Human I love this book. 3y
UwannaPublishme Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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AmyK1
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My sister, Greta, and I were having our portrait painted by our uncle Finn that afternoon because he knew he was dying.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Whooo, sentences like this are why I LOVE being a reader. 😍

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SavannahtheSith
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So I got off on a rocky start with this one. The beginning started a bit slow before the story started really developing and conflict started happening. The ending tied everything together. It was a tear-jerker, so grab the 🧻

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Just a “few” #unforgettable books from my collection ❤️

#BoundTogetherJune

OriginalCyn620 Great pic! 3y
Paperback.Propensity I loved Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I eagerly await Brunt's next novel. She is working on it, but says she is a slow writer. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Paperback.Propensity speed up!!!!! 🤣🤣 3y
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Kathrin
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Oh wow... this book is infuriating and heartbreaking and beautiful.

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mariaku21
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This book was recommended to me by Lynn over @brownbagbooks and her insistence that I was going to love it made me buy it right then and there, but as usual, I was in the middle of other reads and held off on reading it, but it was worth me waiting for the right moment!

It's a coming of age story; it's one of family dynamics, one of first love, young love, self-doubt, rivalry, and once I started to get into it, hard a hard time putting it down!

vicgreentoriafield I loved this book, one of my favorites. I'm constantly recommending it 3y
mariaku21 @vicgreentoriafield I can totally understand why Lynn gushed about it the way she did. I might be joining the club in recommending this one too! 3y
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AmyK1
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Today‘s #bookhaul 😁 📚

Paperback.Propensity I really liked Tell the Wolves I'm Home 3y
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Twainy
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🎧 well that will teach me that I REALLY need to read summaries ... someone recommended it & I put it on my Libby waitlist. So NOT what I was expecting. I was expecting horror. Nope!! I cried. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4

Paperback.Propensity I love this book 3y
Twainy @Paperback.Propensity it‘s definitely not my go-to genre but I also loved this book. 3y
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kathedron
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Love, loss, art, friendship, teenage insecurity: there's lots to like. Still, I think the best thing is the title. Finn is just too good to be true. I get that everyone adores him but the odd minor flaw would make him a more convincing, therefore more interesting, character. I wish CRB had let Danni speak for herself more, rather than relying on characters explaining her to one another. I did like it, but didn't love it as everyone else seems to.

Christy2318 It‘s been awhile since I read this but when I read your review my thought was that one of the themes of the story is how we see people we love through a rose colored lens, especially after they die. (edited) 3y
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1. Vermont, USA where the temperature went from 90 degrees to 45 degrees in the space of 3 days.
2. Tell the Wolves I‘m Home. A close tie would be Death Comes to the Archbishop. Coincidentally both buddy reads.
3. I‘m not particular but I do hesitate when it‘s over 700 pages.
4. To my tagged friends, care to join?
@veritysalter #lockdownlowdown

veritysalter Thank you for playing 📚♥️ 3y
kspenmoll Thanks Sue! 3y
MsMelissa I feel you with your answer to question one. We had our AC blasting last week and have had to turn the heat back on today 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Suet624 @Book_Fiend_Melissa the temperature changes have made my Lyme symptoms flare up in a major way. Grrrr.. 3y
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