by Martin, September 8, 2011 12:08 PM
If just hearing the phrase "lyrical coming-of-age novel" makes your shoulders sag and your attention lag, hold that thought. Justin Torres has breathed fresh life into a tired form. We the Animals is a deranged rollercoaster careening through the lives of Torres's passionately dysfunctional family, who love one another to pieces ? literally. Fun, moving, and, yes, lyrical.