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Author: Joshua Gaylord Narrator: Suehyla El-Attar Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781478903437
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A small, quiet Midwestern town, which is unremarkable save for one fact: when the teenagers reach a certain age, they run wild.

When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she wouldn’t have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact, she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen’s confessional: as a well-behaved and over-achieving teenager, she fell beneath the sway of her community’s darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident “breaches” during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path.

Lumen resists. Promising her father she will never breach, she investigates the mystery of her community’s traditions and the stories erased from the town record. But the more we learn about the town’s past, the more we realize that Lumen’s memories are harboring secrets of their own.
A gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times, When We Were Animals is a dark, provocative journey into the American heartland.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Teens will be attracted by the very strangeness of this ominous story.”


  • "[A] coming-of-age tale with a gory twist…There’s no stopping this bizarrely fascinating journey of dark self-discovery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "When We Were Animals conjures the dreamy satisfaction of revisiting the cult horror movies of your youth—things are familiar but they resound in new and unexpected ways, revealing subtle depths and poignancy. This is a dark, inventive, and absorbing story, fittingly theatrical. It disturbs and entertains in equal measure.”

    Benjamin Wood, author of the Costa-shortlisted The Bellwether Revivals

  • "When We Were Animals has the power to creep you out and, yes, turn you on.”

    John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise

  • A 2015 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee

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About the Author

Joshua Gaylord is the author of two novels, Hummingbirds and When We Were Animals, as well as two horror novels under the pen name Alden Bell. He received his PhD in twentieth-century American and British literature from New York University (NYU) and has taught both at NYU and the New School.

About the Narrator

Suehyla El-Attar is an actress and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She dabbled in radio for a bit, working with several well-known stations as a morning news personality and DJ. Eventually, she returned to acting, on stage and in film. She has nurtured both crafts of acting and writing, working with local companies such as Theatre du Reve, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company as dramaturge, actress, and playwright on several projects.