(Click for larger image)

Torres, Justin. WE THE ANIMALS. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. As New/As New.

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' 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 will become 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, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0547576722. $150.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on May 31, 2020.