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We the Animals: A novel by [Torres, Justin]
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: We the Animals, Justin Torres's sparse debut novel--at just 125 pages--is brimming with delicate stories of family, of growing up, of facing reality, and of delaying it. Narrated by the youngest son of a Puerto Rican father and white mother from Brooklyn raising their three young sons in upstate New York, the novel is comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres paints a large picture through diminutive strokes, evoking envy for the couple’s passion and fear for just how easily that passion turns to rage. The brothers wrestle, fight, cry, and laugh as their family is torn and repaired over and over again. Torres’s prose is fierce, grabbing hold of the reader and allowing him inside the wrenching, whirlwind of a life lived intensely. --Alexandra Foster

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''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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''In language brilliant, poised, and pure, We the Animals tells about family love as it is felt when it is frustrated or betrayed or made to stand in the place of too many other needed things, about how precious it becomes in these extremes, about the terrible sense of loss when it fails under duress, and the joy and dread of realizing that there really is no end to it.'' --Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''We the Animals snatches the reader by the scruff of the heart, tight as teeth, and shakes back and forth--between the human and the animal, the housed and the feral, love and violence, mercy and wrath--and leaves him in the wilderness, ravished by its beauty. It is an indelible and essential work of art.'' --Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''In language brilliant, poised, and pure, We the Animals tells about family love as it is felt when it is frustrated or betrayed or made to stand in the place of too many other needed things, about how precious it becomes in these extremes, about the terrible sense of loss when it fails under duress, and the joy and dread of realizing that there really is no end to it.'' --Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

''We the Animals snatches the reader by the scruff of the heart, tight as teeth, and shakes back and forth--between the human and the animal, the housed and the feral, love and violence, mercy and wrath--and leaves him in the wilderness, ravished by its beauty. It is an indelible and essential work of art.'' --Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Product details

  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENZ6KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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