Carol Rifka Brunt [credit Rose Cook]
Thursday, October 10 at 4 p.m.
Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home, will be our featured speaker.
June can only be herself in her Uncle Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, a victim of AIDS six weeks before the AZT cocktail is released, June’s world is turned upside down—she is alone again, shy and introspective, at odds with her older sister Greta, with her parents, and with herself.
Finn’s death leaves a gaping hole in June’s life; she's shocked when the awkwardly charming Toby, the boyfriend she never knew her uncle had and the man her family holds responsible for his death, makes a bid to fill that emptiness by contacting June secretly. Toby, who misses Finn as desperately as she does, with his own mysterious past, knows things June doesn’t—about Finn and his illness, about June’s family and their secrecy, and perhaps even about her own heart.
Praise for Tell the Wolves I'm Home
“A dazzling debut novel.” — O Magazine
“In this lovely debut novel set in the 1980s, Carol Rifka Brunt takes us under the skin and inside the tumultuous heart of June Elbus…Distracted parents, tussling adolescents, the awful ghost-world of the AIDS-afflicted before AZT—all of it springs to life in Brunt’s touching and ultimately hopeful book.” — People Magazine, 4 stars
About the Author
Carol Rifka Brunt’s work has appeared in several literary journals, including North American Review and The Sun. In 2006, she was one of three fiction writers who received the New Writing Ventures award, and, in 2007 she received a generous Arts Council grant to write Tell the Wolves I'm Home, her first novel. Originally from New York, she currently lives in England with her husband and three children.
Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).