Tremendously moving…Brunt strikes a difficult balance, imbuing June with the disarming candor of a child and the melancholy wisdom of a heart-scarred adult.



Tell the Wolves I’m Home has been thrown up in so many polls and reading lists that I just had to see what the fuss was about. It featured in the novels to break your heart, and the best LGBT literature polls and the subject matter interested me greatly.

Set at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the US, Tell the Wolves I’m home is told from the perspective of a young girl, whose favourite uncle is dying of AIDS and it’s bloody beautiful! Emotionally charged, and full of love, I had filled up or cried a dozen times within the first 100 page and the novel kept me gripped to the very last page.

This is a beautiful story about prejudice, the things we do for love, sometimes misguided, and about all the different types of love there are. There isn’t an unlikable character in the entire novel and I challenge anyone not to fall in love with Uncle Finn. Beautifully written, perfectly told with imperfect characters I couldn’t stop thinking about long after I turned the last page.

While deep and meaningful, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a simply written book that would appeal to all ages, so much so that I have recommended it to my 13 year old daughter, who I think will love it as much as me. This would make my top 50 books of all time list over and over and I’ve recommended it to everyone I’ve met since I finished it.


Reviewed by:

Kath Cross

Added 8th May 2017

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