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Gearing Up for Justin Torres

Date: September 06, 2013
Justin Torres is the author of the novel We the Animals, released in 2011. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, the Guardian, Harper’s, Tin House and have been featured on NPR and will be the first guest in the “Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices Series.”

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.’”

Full article and podcast here.


“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

Full article here.



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.

Last modified on Sep. 23rd, 2013 at 4:21pm by Lindsay Lusby.