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ISBN13: 9780061430220
ISBN10: 0061430226
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"Every aspect of the book, from premise to form to cover design (black stylized dog snarling against a solid bloodred field), seems to have been focus-grouped to snag the attention of potential readers. It's encrusted in cognitive fishhooks. Even its epigraphs are brilliantly addictive....Such eager primping is not necessarily a bad thing." Sam Anderson, New York Magazine (read the entire New York Magazine review)

Synopses & Reviews

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An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.'s down and out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will — and they're bent on domination at any cost.

Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kind-hearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no idea that she's more than she seems, and she wants to keep it that way. But her efforts to protect her secret lead to murderous results.

Blending dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos, Sharp Teeth captures the pace and feel of a graphic novel while remaining "as ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it's about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about" (Nick Hornby, The Believer).

Review:

"Barlow's gut-wrenching, sexy debut, a horror thriller in verse, follows three packs of feral dogs in East L.A. These creatures are in fact werewolves, men and women who can change into canine form at will ('Dog or wolf? More like one than the other/ but neither exactly'). Lark, the top dog in one of the packs who's a lawyer in human form, has a master plan that may involve taking over the city from the regular humans. Anthony Silvo, a dogcatcher and normally a loner, finds himself falling in love with a beautiful and mysterious woman ('Standing on four legs in her fur,/ she is her own brand of beast'). A strange small man and his giant partner play tournament bridge and are deep into the drug trade. A detective, Peabody, investigates several puzzling dog-related murders. The irregular verse form with its narrative economies proves an excellent vehicle to support all these disparate threads and then tie them together in the bittersweet conclusion. 5-city author tour. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Written in a free verse style that perfectly complements the action as it moves from slower-paced narratives to short, jagged scenes of graphic violence and heartbreak, this groundbreaking work commands attention from a wide audience." Library Journal

Review:

"Though the free-verse form takes getting used to, it serves to heighten Barlow's visceral imagery. A refreshing leap across genres." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] kooky combo of grit, goofiness and gusto....[It] demonstrates that fantasy, unlike more literary offerings that play it too safe, may just be the place to find true exuberance and stylistic innovation." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Tremendous....As ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it's about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about." Nick Hornby, The Believer

Review:

"A sexy, dark and (well, yes) biting story told by a wizard of sleight of hand." Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and What-the-Dickens

Review:

"I'm impressed. I always knew stuff like this was going on in L.A. What a cool book!" Christopher Moore, bestselling author of A Dirty Job and You Suck: A Love Story

Review:

"If Ovid had been raised on a steady diet of Marvel Comics, Roger Corman and MTV, he might've written something like Toby Barlow's Sharp Teeth." Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

Review:

"[A] new take on both the werewolf and urban fantasy genres. In a world where innovation is often shunted before ever being given its due, rare examples such as this should be congratulated for their daring." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Four separate generations of nameless characters struggle for redemption, love, and peace in a lyrically weaved collection of stories.

 

Synopsis:

An anonymous cast spans four generations in the struggle for redemption, love, and peace.  An immigrant cobbler sees his son wrongly arrested by a man who shines his shoes. The memory of a boy’s deceased mother is betrayed when his friend use her makeup as gag. A waitress secretly admires a man who atones for his troubled past by refurbishing a house. And a man laments his lost love by tracing her footsteps across the floors of his empty apartment.  A storm looms, bringing the stories together across time and place, uniting them all by their common humanity. These intense portraits are packed with intelligent Christian allegory and lyricism that work together to culminate in one bright mosaic picture.

Synopsis:

Capturing the pace and feel of a graphic novel, this spellbinding debut blends dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos.

About the Author

Toby Barlow is executive creative director at the advertising agency JWT in Detroit and a contributor to the literary magazine n+1 and the Huffington Post. He splits his time between Detroit, Michigan, and New York City. Sharp Teeth is his first book.

Table of Contents

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          Prologue                                                                                
I        A Trip to the Graveyard                                     
II       Footsteps Upstairs                                                                 
III      The Church and Military Monuments in the Town                  
IV      The Shoe Man                                                                         
V       A Picture Found in the Salvation Army                                  
VI      Man Looks too Long into a Window                              
VII     Building Ourselves Devotion                                                 
VIII    Reaching Out to Touch the Old Ramparts                              
IX      Consuming Romance (The Hypnotist)                                      
X       The Already-Criminal                                                            
XI      Time Spent as a Picture upon a Shelf                             
XII     An Afternoon Game                                                                
XIII    A Man Buys a House                                                               
XIV    The Waitress and the Secret Box                                            
XV     A Tendency of Staring at the Storm Drain                             

          Epilogue                                                                                                          
 
 
Other Stories
         
I        Rope
II       Train Platform
III      The Artist is Human
IV      Aria Night
V       Cistern
VI      The Harbormaster
 
 

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Karen Cooper, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Karen Cooper)
DEFINITELY my book of the decade. I saw this book on this website, ordered it, and lost a day to reading it. Made the mistake of giving it to my daughter, because I instantly wanted to read it again, and had to wait until she read it twice straight through. Narrative DRIVE! Poetic FORM which grabs you and then disappears! Utterly unique characters in a terrifyingly recognizable Southern California (I lived in Pasadena in my twenties). Can't understand why it hasn't become unutterably popular. And by the way, I teach Medieval Literature, but am begging to teach an American Lit course at my college, primarily to include this book and Maus. Buy it, but don't read the back, or any reviews--they give to much away. Just launch into it and lose your self!
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crowyhead, July 2, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Ok, it's a novel in free verse poetry about werewolves, which sounds ridiculous and pretentious. But I swear to you, if you read this, you'll practically forget that it's in poetry form. This novel, which involves competing packs of werewolves (or weredogs; they're really more like dogs) in LA, is sweaty, vicious, and gritty. It also has passages that are beautiful enough to make you suck in your breath. At times I felt that the author was muddling too many plotlines together, but overall I thought this was truly excellent and absorbing.
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snowflakeschance, May 5, 2008 (view all comments by snowflakeschance)
I was surprised at the format of the book when I first opened the cover. It is presented in a form that resembles a lengthy poem but, reads like a tale. Barlow's use of language drew me in instantly. I eased into the flow and "Sharp Teeth" took me along for one sweet ride.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061430220
Author:
Barlow, Toby
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Belczyk, David
Author:
by Toby Barlow
Author:
y
Author:
Toby
Author:
Barlow, Tob
Author:
Barlow
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Novels in verse
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080129
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barlow's gut-wrenching, sexy debut, a horror thriller in verse, follows three packs of feral dogs in East L.A. These creatures are in fact werewolves, men and women who can change into canine form at will ('Dog or wolf? More like one than the other/ but neither exactly'). Lark, the top dog in one of the packs who's a lawyer in human form, has a master plan that may involve taking over the city from the regular humans. Anthony Silvo, a dogcatcher and normally a loner, finds himself falling in love with a beautiful and mysterious woman ('Standing on four legs in her fur,/ she is her own brand of beast'). A strange small man and his giant partner play tournament bridge and are deep into the drug trade. A detective, Peabody, investigates several puzzling dog-related murders. The irregular verse form with its narrative economies proves an excellent vehicle to support all these disparate threads and then tie them together in the bittersweet conclusion. 5-city author tour. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Every aspect of the book, from premise to form to cover design (black stylized dog snarling against a solid bloodred field), seems to have been focus-grouped to snag the attention of potential readers. It's encrusted in cognitive fishhooks. Even its epigraphs are brilliantly addictive....Such eager primping is not necessarily a bad thing." (read the entire New York Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Written in a free verse style that perfectly complements the action as it moves from slower-paced narratives to short, jagged scenes of graphic violence and heartbreak, this groundbreaking work commands attention from a wide audience."
"Review" by , "Though the free-verse form takes getting used to, it serves to heighten Barlow's visceral imagery. A refreshing leap across genres."
"Review" by , "[A] kooky combo of grit, goofiness and gusto....[It] demonstrates that fantasy, unlike more literary offerings that play it too safe, may just be the place to find true exuberance and stylistic innovation."
"Review" by , "Tremendous....As ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it's about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about."
"Review" by , "A sexy, dark and (well, yes) biting story told by a wizard of sleight of hand."
"Review" by , "I'm impressed. I always knew stuff like this was going on in L.A. What a cool book!"
"Review" by , "If Ovid had been raised on a steady diet of Marvel Comics, Roger Corman and MTV, he might've written something like Toby Barlow's Sharp Teeth."
"Review" by , "[A] new take on both the werewolf and urban fantasy genres. In a world where innovation is often shunted before ever being given its due, rare examples such as this should be congratulated for their daring."
"Synopsis" by ,

Four separate generations of nameless characters struggle for redemption, love, and peace in a lyrically weaved collection of stories.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
An anonymous cast spans four generations in the struggle for redemption, love, and peace.  An immigrant cobbler sees his son wrongly arrested by a man who shines his shoes. The memory of a boy’s deceased mother is betrayed when his friend use her makeup as gag. A waitress secretly admires a man who atones for his troubled past by refurbishing a house. And a man laments his lost love by tracing her footsteps across the floors of his empty apartment.  A storm looms, bringing the stories together across time and place, uniting them all by their common humanity. These intense portraits are packed with intelligent Christian allegory and lyricism that work together to culminate in one bright mosaic picture.
"Synopsis" by , Capturing the pace and feel of a graphic novel, this spellbinding debut blends dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos.
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