UM READING: Justin Torres -- We the Animals -- Gables
UM Reading: Three brothers tear their way through
childhood – smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash,
hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their
mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Life in this family is fierce and
absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging
completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to
the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this
beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and
punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable
images, We the Animals (Mariner, $12.95) is
a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how
deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled
at escape velocity toward our futures.."
Justin Torres’ 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.
An exquisite, blistering debut novel Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift.