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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I started Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt at least twice during the past year, but I never got beyond the first couple of chapters. For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. But this novel continues to show up on “Best Of . . .” lists, so last week I decided to give it another try. I have no idea what made the difference, but this time I couldn’t put it down.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home is a novel set during 1987. The main character is a 14-year old girl who, along with the rest of her family, is dealing with the recent death of her uncle from AIDS. She forms a secret friendship with her late uncle’s lover and, in doing so, learns to process her feelings of grief, while also starting to come to terms with her changing relationships with her parents and older sister.
This is really a beautiful book, and I can’t believe it took me so long to realize it. It captures the essence of the mid-to-late 1980s very well—and it vividly brings back the fear and ignorance that surrounded us during those early, frightening years of the AIDS crisis. It paints a great picture of those teen years when you’re trying to figure out where you fit in, or if you even want to fit in. It’s also a very moving story of working through loss.
The only thing that stops me from giving this book the highest possible recommendation is that there are a few scenes that struck me as a bit implausible—but I’m willing to forgive those because the rest of the book is so wonderful. I’m so glad that I gave this novel one more try!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I started reading The Burning Air by Erin Kelly a couple of days ago and am really enjoying it so far. It’s a psychological thriller about three grown children, their families, and their father–all reuniting after the death of their mother. When a stranger enters the mix, secrets are revealed, revenge is plotted, and I don’t know what horrible thing is going to happen, but I know something’s coming. I’m only about ¼ of the way through, but so far it’s a well-written, very compelling thriller.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for, but I’m picking up a pile of books from the library tomorrow, so I’m sure that something will catch my interest.
What about you? Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think? What are you reading this week? Please share!