finished reading...

This is the coming of age story of 14-year-old June Elbus set in 1987. I think the author was able to capture the obliviousness of a teenager beautifully.

From the publisher:
1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

It's a weirdly beautiful story. I wish one of my friends would read this so we could talk about it. There's just so much to say.


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you liked this! I think it would make a great book club book because, as you say, there's so much to talk about. I loved the whole story about Finn's painting, and the feelings that June's mother was dealing with, and June's changing relationship with Toby. . . and I thought the ending was just right. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more from this author.

Anonymous said...

I have this on my Amazon wishlist.