Manny joel and jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents as manny and joel grow into versions of their father and ma dreams of escape jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own. We the animals 2011 is the debut novel by the american author justin torres it is a bildungsroman about three wild brothers of white and puerto rican parentage who live a rough and tumble childhood in rural upstate new york during the 1980s. Based on justin torres debut novel we the animals is a masterpiece on human psychology and an agonizing but bold inquiry into the lives of the neglected and abused. The we in we the animals are the three brothers barely individualized at first they are often all in the same frame at the same time curled up in their bed together staring out the window running through the forest. We the animals is a heartbreaking yet hopeful novel for we are to understand that the narrator eventually finds himself and finds his way out of the confusing family life he had grown up in torres voice is one that is unique in itself he writes from the standpoint of a mixed race queer individual
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