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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Breaking: Dangerous Animals Released into Community

Setting the Family Free was published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press in 2019.

Who tells the story about a private preserve of exotic pets released into a rural community?

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done.

And what have others said about Setting the Family Free? Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz called it “a supremely moving novel by turns ferocious and tender and funny from beginning to end. And Jacquelyn Mitchard, Oprah’s first book club pick with The Deep End of the Ocean, called Setting the Family Free “a generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your back yard.”    

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

You do, by reading the book for yourself. It’s available on Amazon and at other booksellers as a hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook.





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