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We the Animals by Justin Torres
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Sep 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: novels, library-books, memoirs
Recommended to Vicki by: WNYC

You know how writers are always told to "find your voice"? Well, this guy has found his voice. He writes with such self-assurance that even [on the rare occasions] when his writing didn't really work for me, it felt like my problem as opposed to his. Which is a pretty darned rare experience for me, as a reader.

This book was pretty raw, and though I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and didn't quite live up to the rest of the vignettes, I'd recommend it to most anyone. Not least because it's only 120 pages. If you don't like it, you've wasted like 2 hours of your life.

*I put this on my memoir shelf even though it's one of those ": A Novel" books because when I heard him interviewed on the radio, the answer to "was this book autobiographical?" was something like, "Well, I'm mixed with two older brothers from an abusive family in upstate NY and I'm gay but ... not fully". So, memoir.

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message 1: by Katie (new)

Katie This sounds great!

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