It is the moment every twenty-something must confront: the time to grow up. Adulthood looms, with all its numbing tranquility and stifling complacency. The end of prolonged adolescence is near. Laura and Tyler are two women whose twenties have been a blur of overstayed parties, a fondness for drugs that has shifted from cautious experimentation to catholic indulgence, and hangovers that don’t relent until Monday morning. They’ve been best friends, partners in excess, for the last ten years. But things are changing: Laura is engaged to Jim, a classical pianist who has long since given up the carousing lifestyle. He disapproves of Tyler’s reckless ways and of what he perceives to be her bad influence on Laura. Jim pulls her toward adulthood and responsibility, toward what society says she should be, but Tyler isn’t ready to let her go. But what does Laura want for herself? And how can she choose between Tyler and Jim, between one life she loves and another she’s “supposed” to love? Raw, uproarious, and deeply affecting, Animals speaks to an entire generation caught between late-adolescence and adulthood wondering what exactly they’ll have to give up in order to grow up.
Emma Jane Unsworth
Emma Jane Unsworth’s first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything (Hidden Gem) won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her short story “I Arrive First” was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She lives in London.