when we were animals
When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she is surprised that she became 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 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 harbor secrets of their own.
A gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times, When We Were Animals is a dark, provocative journey ito the American heartland.
finalist for the shirley jackson award, 2015
runner-up for the ala reading list (horror), 2016