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We The Animals by Justin Torres.. A powerful coming of age novel that comes at you good, hard and fast. You may very well read this one in one sitting.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It resembles no other book I’ve read. We should all be grateful for Justin Torres, a brilliant, ferocious new voice."

Michael Cunningham

"The communal howl of three young brothers sustains this sprint of a novel, which clocks in at a hundred and twenty-five pages. The boys, who imagine themselves the Musketeers, the Stooges, and the Holy Trinity all at once, are the wisecracking, lamenting chorus who bear witness to their parents’ wild-ride marriage. Ma got pregnant at fourteen--she tells her oldest son she could feel him growing inside her, ‘heart ticking like a bomb’--and now sleeps for days at a time and weeps whenever she tells her children she loves them; Paps, occasionally AWOL, surfaces to deliver meticulous, leisurely spankings. The collage of vignettes is elevated by Torres's twitchy prose, in which the pummel of hard consonants and slant rhymes becomes a kind of incantation: ‘They hunched and they skulked. They jittered. They scratched...They'll flunk. They'll roll one car after another into a ditch."."

The New Yorker

Author bio: JUSTIN TORRES was raised in upstate New York. His work has appeared in Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller. More information can be found here: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/catalog/authordetail.cfm?authorID=7496896

Book Details: General Fiction; (144 pp. Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/hmh/site/hmhbooks/bookdetails?isbn=9780547576725

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