When We Were Animals

When We Were Animals

by Joshua Gaylord


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A small, quiet Midwestern town, which is unremarkable save for one fact: when the teenagers reach a certain age, they run wild.

When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she wouldn't have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact, she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen's confessional: as a well-behaved and over-achieving teenager, she fell beneath the sway of her community's darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident "breaches" during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path.

Lumen resists. Promising her father she will never breach, she investigates the mystery of her community's traditions and the stories erased from the town record. But the more we learn about the town's past, the more we realize that Lumen's memories are harboring secrets of their own.

A gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times, When We Were Animals is a dark, provocative journey into the American heartland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316297905
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joshua Gaylord grew up in Anaheim, California, and currently resides in New York City. He's the author of one previous novel, and under the pen name Alden Bell, two horror novels, including The Reapers are the Angels. He received his Ph.D. in 20th century American and British literature from NYU, and has taught both at NYU and the New School.

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When We Were Animals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jenn1972 More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. It is not a 1.5 star book, that's for sure and I'm so tired of idiot children using this website's review feature as a chat room.  This book stayed with me days after I finished it. It's a gothic thriller, coming of age, chick lit story all rolled into one. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been too long since I read anything as good as this book. It is an unusual coming of age story with depth and emotion. I know I will be thinking about it for a long time. A happy side note... I did not know until I read the author bio that Gaylord also wrote "The Reapers Are the Angels" which is also an excellent book (don't let the zombies stop you from trying it!) .