In his groundbreaking debut novel, Justin Torres plunges into the chaotic heart of a family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the effects of this fierce love on who they must become. "We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book," said Michael Cunningham. "It's heartbreaking. It's beautiful. It resembles no other book I've read."
"The imagistic power of Justin Torres' debut ... exists in inverse proportion to its slim 128 pages. Just try shaking off this novel about three upstate New York brothers whose knockabout childhoods with their Puerto Rican 'Paps' and white 'Ma' are the narrative equivalent of feral kitties being swung overhead in a burlap bag."—Elle Magazine
"[This book] packs an outsized wallop; it's the skinny kid who surprises you with his intense, frenzied strength and sheer nerve. You pick up the book expecting it to occupy a couple hours of your time and find that its images and tactile prose linger with you days after.... What stays with me are the terrible beauty and life force in Torres' primal tale."—(Newsday)