The Typical Book Group met to discuss Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. There were 9 of us there, and only one of us hadn't read the book. In her defense, she tried, but picked up the wrong book with "wolves" in the title by accident.
All of us really liked it. We talked about how much parent-free time June had, and wondered if that was normal in the 80s. None of us remembered our parents being that absent, but it may have just been nothing out of the ordinary. It seemed like June was really on her own more than she should have been though.
Some of us started crying in the first third of the book and never stopped. Others of us never cried at all, but still found the story moving. One person mentioned how great it would be to have a gay uncle. The idea being that he couldn't have his own kids, so he would adore his nieces, like Finn adored June. That may have been true in the 80s, but now gay adoption is so common that it can't be assumed that a gay uncle wouldn't also be a dad.
There is one little piece that we discussed that I want to tell you about, but it's a bit of a spoiler. If you are interested, click here to get to my spoilers page, and see what we said. The hint is that it has to do with Toby in hiding.
Next month we'll discuss The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. The people who have started it are already saying that they would never send their sons to military school after reading it. That wasn't exactly part of my plans anyway, but I'm sort of dreading reading about torture in the guise of hazing.
Still Reading: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Still Listening to: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes