A review by mpartner
Filthy Animals: Stories, by Brandon Taylor

challenging dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A


As I would expect from Taylor, these are beautifully written, angsty stories about romantic relationships, friendships and family. Taylor dives into the intricacies of everyday feeling so well and I absolutely love it.

The collection is formatted in a really unique manner, where there is a series of interconnected narratives spaced throughout at somewhat irregular intervals. I thought this little mini-series of stories was compelling—the trio whose relationships it follows was awkward yet considerate, harsh and forgiving. They all pushed and pulled against each other's comfort zones perfectly. The inclusion of dance in this series was also really lovely. Taylor describes movement beautifully, and it made the body more prevalent in each interaction between individuals.

My favorite stories are:
-Anne of Cleaves
-What Made Them Made You

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