Literature http://wfpl.org en Excerpt: 'We the Animals' by Justin Torres http://wfpl.org/post/excerpt-we-animals-justin-torres <p>Excerpt from <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/justin-torres-read-acclaimed-debut-novel">Justin Torres' new novel, <em>We the Animals.</em></a></p><p align="center">"Never-Never Time"</p><p>We all three sat at the kitchen table in our raincoats, and Joel smashed tomatoes with a small rubber mallet. We had seen it on TV: a man with an untamed mustache and a mallet slaughtering vegetables, and people in clear plastic ponchos soaking up the mess, having the time of their lives. We aimed to smile like that. We felt the pop and smack of tomato guts exploding; the guts dripped down the walls and landed on our cheeks and foreheads and congealed in our hair. When we ran out of to­matoes, we went into the bathroom and pulled out tubes of our mother’s lotions from under the sink. We took off our raincoats and positioned ourselves so that when the mallet slammed down and forced out the white cream, it would get everywhere, the creases of our shut-tight eyes and the folds of our ears.</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:03:40 +0000 Staff 2169 at http://wfpl.org Excerpt: 'We the Animals' by Justin Torres