War Against the Animals

A Novel

Paul Russell

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Widely praised for his deft prose and brilliant characterizations, Paul Russell has become increasingly regarded as one of the finest contemporary American novelists. Now, with War Against the Animals, he returns with his richest, most accomplished, and most compelling work yet.

Living in small town in upstate New York, middle-aged Cameron Barnes has, after almost dying, recently recovered a measure of health and is trying to find a way to reenter the world outside. As part of this, Cameron hires two local brothers in their early twenties, Jesse and Kyle, to renovate a barn on his property. Kyle sees an opportunity in Cameron, pushing his brother Jesse to befriend him and take advantage of Cameron's boredom and directionlessness.
Caught between the opposing worlds embodied by Cameron and Kyle, Jesse is torn by the demands of his brother, the expectations of his family and community, and his own mix of volatile, contradictory emotions.

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WAR AGAINST THE ANIMALS (Chapter 1)

He had promised to have Max and Perry over for dinner as soon as Dan was gone. Nothing elaborate, only a quiet commemoration, wake, celebration, exorcism--whatever might best describe the occasion. Thus, on a bright evening early in June, Cameron Barnes watched as his two best friends left in the world made their way across his lawn to the front porch where he stood waiting.

"Hiya, beautiful," said Max, kissing him on the lips. "I have to say, you're looking awfully well."

"And I'm feeling awfully well," Cameron allowed as Perry, in turn, embraced

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Paul Russell

Paul Russell is the author of five award-winning novels, including The Coming Storm and Sea of Tranquillity. He is a professor at Vassar College and lives in upstate New York.

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War Against the Animals
A Novel
Paul Russell

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Lambda Literary Award - Nominee

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312335397
ISBN10: 0312335393
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2004
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ISBN: 9781466806214
ISBN10: 1466806214
368 pages
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