Clockwise counting 21/50: Justin Torres - We The Animals (2011) This short novel is Torres' debut and has received great reviews. Mixed and mixed-up brothers of Puerto Rican heritage in upstate New York go through a childhood of neglect and violence. The father beats the mother and the boys and the boys beat each other. It is written in short lyrical chapters in a language that is often exquisite and moving. The dark theme and the surprise shock ending did however leave me with an uncomfortable feeling. I rate the book somewhere between brilliant and average and it might actually be both.