Don’t let the size of this book fool you; Justin Torres’ debut novel will leave you breathless in its wake. The novel’s unnamed narrator is the youngest of three brothers in a biracial New York family, but as the title suggests, it’s also the story of collective identity. It reminds us that we constantly negotiate our identities—gender, sexuality, race— in collusion and in conflict with our family. This family fights fiercely, loves fiercely. Torres juxtaposes innocence and malice, hate and love, violence and intimacy, only to transgress the thin boundaries which separate the two. Get ready to be caught in a riptide of sparse, tumbling prose, as you dip in and out of these sharp little stories.
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