Justin Torres: We the Animals

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book.jpgWe the Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

This sequence of short stories, or prose poems, or vignettes (author Justin Torres is open to all three descriptions) adds up to a little novel about an underclass family. The narrator is a young gay writer who is looking for the words to capture the desperate love that holds together and suffocates three brothers and their parents, even when they don't understand one another.

Read an excerpt from We the Animals.


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Connie Alvarez