Currently Reading: Tell the Wolves I'm Home
I can only hope my debut novel is as rich and wonderful as this one is.
In the mid-1980's, June Elbus is a 14 year old girl living in a New York City suburb. She is somewhat "weird": obsessed with medieval times, playing in the woods by herself, and very much a loner. The one person who she thinks truly understands her is her uncle Finn. When Finn gets sick and then dies of AIDS, June's world is turned upside-down, not only by the loss of her best friend, but by the sudden appearance of Toby, the boyfriend she never knew Finn had.
The novel is written from June's point of view and although I found her to be slightly annoying at times, what fourteen year old girl isn't? June's relationship with Finn is beautiful and her subsequent relationship with Toby is just as poignant, particularly because they each lost the one person who was their everything in the world.
I flew through this while I was at the beach over the weekend and absolutely loved it. The setting, the characters, and the plot all felt incredibly realistic, but with a touch of romance or magic about them.
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