A unique piece of literature: a werewolf novel written in verse (think "The Iliad" meets "American Werewolf in London") that surpasses genre & creates a brutal, stirring, philosophical story where our humanity is reflected back at us through these desperate, ruthless, primal characters. Truly, one of my favorite books of 2008!
An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.
“Tremendous.... As ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it’s about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about. ”
“If Ovid had been raised on a steady diet of Marvel Comics, Roger Corman and MTV, he might’ve written something like Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth.”
“Forget any reservations you might have about werewolf stories or verse novels. This is great, engaging, wonderful stuff. Sondheim should make it his next musical.”
“A sexy, dark and (well, yes) biting story told by a wizard of sleight of hand.”
“I’m impressed. I always knew stuff like this was going on in L.A. What a cool book!”
“I like this book - lycanthropy indeed begins at home.”