As an appendix to her powerful story – Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt includes “A Conversation with Elin Hilderbrand…” In her interview the well-known author of Beautiful Day, Barefoot, and others set on Nantucket Island, Elin Hilderbrand asks Brunt to note her favorite authors and books. The list includes a a few of my favorites:
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
and a few for my TBR list:
- Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
- The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
- Skellig by David Almond
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
When the local book club decided to start the year with a discussion of Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, I dutifully got on the library wait list. Holding steady at number 44 on the list for weeks, I found the book’s summary and thought the sad story of a favorite artist uncle dying of AIDS in New York City of the 1980s might be one I’d skip.
Then I read a short review by Liberty Hardy:
” I thought (this book) would be so sad that I would end up needing to take breaks. This wasn’t so. It was sad, but it was also beautiful …Brunt did a good job of not holding the reader’s head under water, which isn’t always the case with authors who are trying to pull your heartstrings. I had a nine hour travel day that flew by because of this book.”
Any book that can hold a reader’s attention on a long plane ride is worth finding. So I’ve downloaded the book to my Kindle, and am engrossed in the family drama and social stigma that young June, the narrator, seems to be navigating well. I am looking forward to reading the whole story.
Have you read the book?