Gearing Up for Justin Torres
As we prepare for Justin’s arrival on campus we wanted to introduce his work to you.
From NPR: The Reality In Torres’ Fiction
“We the Animals clocks in at 125 pages, a length that Torres credits more to his writing style than to the story he wanted to tell.
‘I kind of write sentence by sentence and I make sure that I have the exact right phrasing and structure and syntax within the sentence before moving to the next one,” he says. “It takes forever. And I think that I just have a real attraction to precise, stripped-down, clear language.’”
“We the Animals, the kind of sensitive, carefully wrought autobiographical first novel that may soon be extinct from the mainstream publishing world, is mostly written in the first person plural, a tricky gambit that calls attention to itself immediately (as it did in Joshua Ferris’s best-selling novel of cubicled anomie, “Then We Came to the End”). But the device doesn’t impede our engagement with Mr. Torres’s spare, haunting story of a boy scrabbling toward wisdom about the adult world and his place in it.”
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times Book Review
Justin Torres’ Fiction Reading begins at 4:30 on Tuesday, September 17th at The Rose O’Neill Literary House.
This event is free and open to the public and there will be a book signing to follow.