We the Animals by Justin Torres
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The novel loses some of its edge as the story coalesces into a more traditional narrative and a rather predictable ending.
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In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.

"We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It resembles no other book I’ve read.”—Michael Cunningham

"A miracle in concentrated pages, you are going to read it again and again." —Dorothy Allison

"Rumbles with lyric dynamite . . . Torres is a savage new talent." —Benjamin Percy, Esquire

"A fiery ode to boyhood . . . A welterweight champ of a book." —NPR, Weekend Edition

"A tremendously gifted writer whose highly personal voice should excite us in much the same way that Raymond Carver’s or Jeffrey Eugenides’s voice did when we first heard it." —Washington Post

"A novel so honest, poetic, and tough that it makes you reexamine what it means to love and to hurt." —O, The Oprah Magazine

"The communal howl of three young brothers sustains this sprint of a novel . . . A kind of incantation." —The New Yorker
 

About Justin Torres

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JUSTIN TORRES is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller; he is now a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Granta Books. 126 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Patrick Ness on Mar 23 2012

Still, there is enormous potential evident in We the Animals. With a lighter touch, Torres could have some very interesting novels ahead of him.

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Below average
Reviewed by Alex Preston on Mar 10 2012

The novel loses some of its edge as the story coalesces into a more traditional narrative and a rather predictable ending.

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