Justin Torres: "We The Animals"

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Justin Torres

Simon Koy

Justin Torres: "We The Animals"

Author Justin Torres presents a portrait of the joys and heartbreaks of family. His first novel, based upon his own life,tells the story of three inseparable brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father.

A first novel by 31-year-old author Justin Torres is getting the sort of reaction writers dream about. Michael Cunningham calls it “a dark jewel of a book.” Marilynne Robinson describes the writing as “brilliant, poised and pure.” The book is a semi-autobiographic portrait of three brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father. Living in upstate New York, they deal with abuse, racism, poverty and hunger. They love one another deeply, even as they threaten to destroy each other. Torres joins Diane to discuss the joys and heartbreaks of family.

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