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Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Publication Date: 24.06.21

I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig.

That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man.

Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way.

I am depraved. I hope you like me.


Five Star Review

You will never forget Joan. Her words will cut through your thin skin and slice your heart into bloody red ribbons of pain, horror and compassion. Animal is a story created in trauma and drenched in female rage. The brutality of the words might offend at times but they need to be heard.

When Joan witnesses her lover's death she leaves New York for Los Angeles. She is on a mission to find someone but we don't know who or why yet. Disturbed and thinking herself depraved Joan appears to be on a path of self destruction and settles into a stifling apartment in the Santa Monica mountains. Here surrounded by unrelenting heat and the cries of coyotes, she thinks she will find all the answers to her life. Bur someone is looking for her too.

We learn about her relationships with her parents and men through two timelines, the present and the past. The prose is stunning in both settings and makes for a compelling read. Some lines so unique and gorgeous that they take your breath away and make you pause in reflection. Lisa is a magnificent writer whose powerful words seem to burn the page.

Joan has been prey all her life but now rage makes her the predator.

Highly Recommended.

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