We the Animals

By Justin Torres
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547576725, 128pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2011 Indie Next List
“This powerful, lyrical little book is unlike any I've recently read. Told from the point of view of the youngest of three brothers, this unique coming-of-age story takes an intimate look at a Brooklyn family bound together by a dangerous love and constantly on the brink of a furious unravel. The narrator's magical, childlike view of the world makes the tense scenes even more vivid, more real, and more unforgettable. We the Animals is an enchanting, haunting novel.”
-- Shuchi Saraswat, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA


A debut novel that is a brilliant exploration of a close, complicated family and the struggle between brotherhood and becoming an individual?

About the Author
JUSTIN TORRES is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He was the recipient of a Rolon 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.

Saturday, Sep 3, 2011

Justin Torres' debut novel is a welterweight champ of a book. It tells the story of three brothers growing up in a family that is both fiercely loyal and violently chaotic. Together, they endure their parents, their poverty and, of course, each other. More at NPR.org

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  1. How does the opening chapter, “We Wanted More,” serve to introduce the rest of the novel? What do you learn about the narrator and his brothers? 

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