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We the Animals by Justin Torres
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Oct 01, 2011

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This was a somewhat unusual very short memoir about a seven year old boy (presumably the author Torres) growing up with his two older brothers and his White Ma and Puerto Rican Paps. Their family is definitely not Beaver Cleaver's. The parents were married as very young teens and the three brothers are feral-like in their rough co-existence within a family filled with love and brutality.
The writing is heatfelt and gritty in describing how the boys relate to one another - one moment beating on one another and the next defending eachother. The same goes for their parents who take turns making love and fighting with eachother. Nevertheless, there seems to be a deep love between all of them. In the end, the author reveals a secret which sets him apart but still bound to his loving, brutish family.

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