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Beautiful noir--L.A., dogs, werewolves. Written in free verse with some fine lines and great breaks that open trenches of meaning without slowing readability. Kinda like McCarthy's The Road that way, its so fast you can't stop to watch the pretty words & thoughts go by.— From Jason's Picks
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. ”
-Nick Hornby, The Believer
“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.”
-Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
“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.”
-Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and What-the-Dickens
“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.”
“Romeo and Juliet, werewolf-style.”
-Wall Street Journal