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Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor
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Filthy Animals (edition 2021)

by Brandon Taylor (Author)

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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER  BRANDON TAYLOR IS: "A powerhouse." --Newsweek "An extraordinary cartographer." --Esquire "A striking new voice with a vital perspective." --Harper's Bazaar "A brilliant writer." --Garth Greenwell Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Time, Elle, Enterntainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, Vulture, Thrillist, The Week, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, The Millions, and Paperback Paris A group portrait of young adults enmeshed in desire and violence, a hotly charged, deeply satisfying new work of fiction from the author of Booker Prize finalist Real Life In the series of linked stories at the heart of Filthy Animals, set among young creatives in the American Midwest, a young man treads delicate emotional waters as he navigates a series of sexually fraught encounters with two dancers in an open relationship, forcing him to weigh his vulnerabilities against his loneliness. In other stories, a young woman battles with the cancers draining her body and her family; menacing undercurrents among a group of teenagers explode in violence on a winter night; a little girl tears through a house like a tornado, driving her babysitter to the brink; and couples feel out the jagged edges of connection, comfort, and cruelty. One of the breakout literary stars of 2020, Brandon Taylor has been hailed by Roxane Gay as "a writer who wields his craft in absolutely unforgettable ways." With Filthy Animals he renews and expands on the promise made in Real Life, training his precise and unsentimental gaze on the tensions among friends and family, lovers and others. Psychologically taut and quietly devastating, Filthy Animals is a tender portrait of the fierce longing for intimacy, the lingering presence of pain, and the desire for love in a world that seems, more often than not, to withhold it.… (more)
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Short stories- not all "linked", though some include our main protagonists: maths student, Lionel- B;lack, gay, getting back into life after a suicide attempt- and the couple he meets: both dancers, in an ambiguous relationship...
It's powerful writing, themes of tensions in relationships, coping with being gay... ( )
  starbox | May 19, 2022 |
i think this is a book that suffers from its marketing a little; it's not really a collection of linked short stories, not in the way i understand "linked" anyway. thematically - absolutely, the themes of violence and humanity are woven through these stories expertly. but there's one thread that runs through the book and other pieces fitted in between and around it and, i don't know, maybe i was being stupid, but i kept expecting everything to draw back to that main story somehow. at any rate, it doesn't, and i wasted my sense of anticipation on some perfectly good writing.

if you've read "real life," this one covers some of the same ground thematically, and i felt that "real life" did it fresher, more compellingly. but i also think it could just be that i prefer a narrative novel to a short story collection. anyway! i liked it. taylor really is the master of the unsettling. ( )
  i. | Jan 4, 2022 |
The writing was artful, and the plots interesting, compelling, thought- provoking.

https://donut-donut.dreamwidth.org/828645.html ( )
  amydross | Sep 28, 2021 |
Capitalizing on the success of his first novel, Brandon Taylor put out a short story collection, Filthy Animals. Interspersed throughout the stories are connected chapters following Lionel, recently released from a hospital after a suicide attempt that pull the group together with timely themes of loneliness, alienation, and despair. Obviously, this is not an uplifting read, but Taylor has a style and touch that keep them from completely dragging themselves down. The connected stories are the strongest and most interesting, but the entire collection is a solid effort from a rising, young contemporary writer worth watching. ( )
  Hccpsk | Aug 14, 2021 |
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If you were of the world,

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Lionel had been out of the hospital for only a few days when the potluck invitation came.
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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER  BRANDON TAYLOR IS: "A powerhouse." --Newsweek "An extraordinary cartographer." --Esquire "A striking new voice with a vital perspective." --Harper's Bazaar "A brilliant writer." --Garth Greenwell Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Time, Elle, Enterntainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, Vulture, Thrillist, The Week, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, The Millions, and Paperback Paris A group portrait of young adults enmeshed in desire and violence, a hotly charged, deeply satisfying new work of fiction from the author of Booker Prize finalist Real Life In the series of linked stories at the heart of Filthy Animals, set among young creatives in the American Midwest, a young man treads delicate emotional waters as he navigates a series of sexually fraught encounters with two dancers in an open relationship, forcing him to weigh his vulnerabilities against his loneliness. In other stories, a young woman battles with the cancers draining her body and her family; menacing undercurrents among a group of teenagers explode in violence on a winter night; a little girl tears through a house like a tornado, driving her babysitter to the brink; and couples feel out the jagged edges of connection, comfort, and cruelty. One of the breakout literary stars of 2020, Brandon Taylor has been hailed by Roxane Gay as "a writer who wields his craft in absolutely unforgettable ways." With Filthy Animals he renews and expands on the promise made in Real Life, training his precise and unsentimental gaze on the tensions among friends and family, lovers and others. Psychologically taut and quietly devastating, Filthy Animals is a tender portrait of the fierce longing for intimacy, the lingering presence of pain, and the desire for love in a world that seems, more often than not, to withhold it.

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