When We Were Animals

When We Were Animals

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, c2015.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780316297936
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 25 cm


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Amber L Moreno
Oct 19, 2016

I'm amazed to be only the second reviewer here. THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT, and I haven't stopped recommending it since I put it down months ago. Elegantly scripted with delicious imagery and metaphor, I flew through this story and would suggest it to anyone who finds the usual coming of age novel a bit dull.

Nov 03, 2015

I was disappointed. While the author is a very talented writer, the plot of the book was slow and unenlightening. Other readers have loved the book for the coming of age aspect, but I didn't figure out the main character. Can't recommend.

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