Filthy Animals


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Riverhead Books
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5.43 X 7.95 X 1.26 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Brandon Taylor is the author of Real Life, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and of the national bestseller Filthy Animals, for which he won The Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in fiction.


Advance Praise for Filthy Animals

"Sumptuous, melancholic portraits of characters overwhelmed. . . . Taylor has a talent for taking the dull hum of quotidian life and converting it into lyrics. . . . These intimacies, often cozy, pair splendidly with the uglier, more brutal elements to establish the book's focus: the feral that lurks under the veneer. . . . A perfect companion piece for our nervous era." --John Paul Brammer, New York Times Book Review

Blistering. --Time Out

"Explore[s] love, longing, and erotic desire between an interconnected group of creatives in the Midwest with tenderness and a gentle touch of dry humor . . . Fully delivering on the promise of Real Life, Filthy Animals firmly establishes Taylor as a brilliantly inventive storyteller, and one whose beautifully drawn characters have that rare ability to really make you care." --Vogue

"With Filthy Animals, [Taylor] applies his captivating, precise prose to the short form. These linked narratives thoughtfully examine a group of brainy Midwesterners dwelling deep inside their own heads, falling forward into one another's orbits." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"A probing short story collection that grapples with societal expectations and transgressions . . . a luminous exploration of identity, mental health, and sexuality." --BuzzFeed

"Impressive . . . The cloistered world of student life offers Taylor the perfect canvas for the emotionally charged interplay between an insular cast. Most significantly though, these stories provide further evidence that intimacy is Taylor's great subject." --Financial Times

"A joy to devour. Filthy Animals is unflinching in its grounded views of relationships and introspection. Taylor draws characters like he's channeling Tom Stoppard, revealing them in their conversations, projecting them off the page like they're standing beside you. These are not characters, they are people. I promise, you will find yourself somewhere in this book. And it will make you glad to have been chosen out of the world." --Little Village (Iowa)

"[These stories] all paint a picture of the simultaneous beauties and woes of life: a craving for intimacy, a secret desire for love masked by an indifference toward it, and the lasting effects of pain on present-day life." --Cosmopolitan

"Gorgeous." --Barrie Hardymon, NPR

"Resonant and poignant. . . . Taylor writes about relationships like a modern E. M. Forster, poking and prodding at the places where the connection is thinnest, and observing what happens when people madly attempt to shore it up." --Vulture

"With a stark and unwavering eye and a deep respect for his subjects, Taylor builds instantly recognizable tales of longing and desire." --Elle

"Incisive and keenly observed, these stories confirm that Taylor is one of our finest chroniclers of intimacy and loneliness." --Esquire

"Filthy Animals shows off Brandon Taylor's powerful, insightful writing across a series of pieces that each tell their own tale but all tangle with the importance of connecting to others, even when it seems impossible." --Town & Country

"A stunning achievement . . . marked by a pervasive intelligence and empathy, a reminder that even in our despair and isolation, we are not wholly alone." --Refinery 29

There is a deep fear in the publishing world of the 'second book slump, ' the idea that the follow-up to a blockbuster hit can never match the original's genius. But Taylor has blown this myth to pieces with [Filthy Animals], with a cast of characters who allow him to explore the dark, vulnerable, and often ugly side of being human and searching for connection. --The Daily Beast

"Not shying away from scenes of sexuality, violence, and belonging, Filthy Animals is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year." --Bustle

"Filthy Animals is a powerful look at what it means to strive to live a creative life, the cruelties of families and friends, and the painful realities of longing." --Alma

"Empathetically written. . . . Taylor does an impressive job of pulling readers into the lives of complex and relatable people." --Glossary Magazine

"This collection offers us contexts to think about how fraught longing is, how painful it can be, and why we still yearn for it." --Lit Hub

"Taylor spins intimate narratives of fraught relationship dynamics and demonstrates a keen sensitivity to his characters' fragile mental health. [His] language sparks with the tension of beauty and cruelty. . . . [He] has an impressive range, and his depictions of complex characters trapped in untenable situations are hard to forget." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brandon Taylor writes with unsparing precision about the blurry territories of fear, longing, violence, and desire. An extraordinary book that rewards, and deserves, keen attention." --Karen Russell

"The characters at the heart of this elegant storm of stories are ablaze with risk and tenderness. Their voices are bright and clear, the contours of their pains and desires sharp and urgent. A profoundly gifted writer." --Laura Van Den Berg

"A dazzling showcase for Brandon Taylor's formidable talents--his fierce intellect, his emotional and linguistic precision, his dry and unflinching humor. He is a writer of rare daring, his fiction a series of revelations." --Katie Kitamura

"A writer who meets life with a rare combination of will, wonderment, temperament, and vitality." --Yiyun Li

"Superb work by a writer of extraordinary psychological insight." --Joseph O'Neill