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November Book

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And so the holiday season officially begins (or at least for those of you who don’t count Halloween)! This month the family events begin starting with the loud, turkey-roasting, over-served event that is Thanksgiving dinner. Along with this deliciously gluttonous meal comes a fair amount of family dramatics (good, bad and ugly alike). So it only seemed fair that our theme for November should be {Family Feud}. A great story about a lovable (or not) dysfunctional family.

And so, we’ve selected Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt; “a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.” This debut novel was published in 2012 to rave reviews and quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. Set in 1987, the story follows the life of 14-year-old June Elbus. She lives in Westchester and struggles with feelings for her gay uncle who is dying of AIDS.

Brunt says the inspiration for this novel came from the idea of an uncle painting a portrait of his young niece. And although she acknowledges parallels between her life and June’s, she insists it’s not autobiographical. This short story turned novel has been praised for its honest characters and unique voice. The A.V. Club gave the book an overall A- rating citing that it, “provides an earnest look at the burdens of choice and the fear of missed opportunities, all while weaving a beautiful portrait of the complicated relationships between family members.” The story sounds unique, touching and dysfunctional. We’re excited to dive in, and we hope you’ll join us!

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