Title: WE THE ANIMALS - Rare Fine Copy of The First...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2011
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 128 pages. Published in 2011. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The DJ design by Archie Ferguson lyrically evokes the story of three brothers "who grow up amid neglect, poverty, violence, and occasional moments of pure, radiant love". The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Justin Torres' "We The Animals". His justly acclaimed debut novel. "Brimming with delicate stories of family, of growing up, of facing reality, and of delaying it. Comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres' prose is fierce, grabbing hold of the reader and allowing him inside the wrenching whirlwind of a life lived intensely" (Alexandra Foster). "A dark jewel of a book. It's heartbreaking. It's beautiful. It resembles no other book I've read. A brilliant, ferocious new voice" (Michael Cunningham). An absolute "must-have" title for Justin Torres collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Lovely to meet a fellow bookseller. Thanks for the great questions! Justin Torres". It is signed directly on the page itself, unlike many copies available online that are signed on the publisher's tipped-in page. The recipient, who is a rare book dealer, is named. Torres' reference to himself, a published writer, as a "fellow bookseller", is self-deprecating and witty, appropriately so: It is rare to find a writer who would happily refer to himself as a bookseller, which every writer is. Indeed, many writers look down upon, condescend to, and insult booksellers. This title is a contemporary classic. This is not just the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online. Because of its unique inscription, it is the single most collectible copy of the book we have ever seen, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0547576722. Bookseller Inventory # 18311
Synopsis: An exquisite, blistering debut novel.Three brothers tear their way through childhood? smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn?he?s Puerto Rican, she?s white?and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.
Review: Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: We The Animals, Justin Torres's sparse debut novel, is brimming with delicate stories of family, of growing up, of facing reality, and of delaying it. Narrated by the youngest son of a Puerto Rican father and white mother from Brooklyn raising their three young sons in upstate New York, the novel is comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres paints a large picture through diminutive strokes, evoking envy for the couple?s passion and fear for just how easily that passion turns to rage. The brothers wrestle, fight, cry, and laugh as their family is torn and repaired over and over again. Torres?s prose is fierce, grabbing hold of the reader and allowing him inside the wrenching, whirlwind of a life lived intensely. -- Alexandra Foster
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