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Three young brothers, tightly bound and fiercely loyal to one another, do everything together—eat, sleep, play, fight, and get into trouble. They are so close that they refer to themselves in the first person plural, hence the inspiration for the title of this exuberant first novel by newcomer Torres. With their Puerto Rican father and white mother, they live in a small town in upstate New York. The parents' hectic shift jobs leave them little time or patience to control a pack of rambunctious boys, making life in their topsy-turvy household intense, chaotic, and loud. We the Animals is narrated from the point of view of the youngest brother as he trails his older brothers, Manny and Joel, standing on the outskirts as they get into all sorts of childish scrapes—wrecking an elderly neighbor's garden, splattering ketchup and lotion all over the kitchen, and generally wreaking havoc. All the while the three sons warily observe their parents' volatile and tempestuous marriage. As the youngest boy grows up, he begins to sense how he is different from his brothers, and his needs lead him on a path away from them. We the Animals has attracted early buzz with its searing descriptions of growing up in a tumultuous family. Readers of this forceful debut will be struck by its lyrical prose and spontaneous energy.