Our Book Review of the Day

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Told by 14- year- old June, this novel follows her relationship with her favorite uncle before and during his illness and subsequent death from the AIDS virus. Heartbroken June, slowly forms a relationship with her uncle’s shunned lover, also afflicted with the virus. Through a series of car rides,  train rides and secret visits to the city we learn more and more about the strained relationship between June’s mother and her uncle, her unwillingness to accept his lover and terrible consequences to selfish decisions. Reading this book brought me back to a time and place where AIDS and the fear, shame and complete ignorance about it were spreading like wild fire. The story winds around family dynamics, forgotten dreams and the reality that sometimes who we think we are is so far from who we have become and that resurrecting those dreams may no longer be an option. I love this book and highly recommend it.

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