Literary Agent

Animal People

by Charlotte Wood

Set in a big Australian city over a single day, ANIMAL PEOPLE traces a watershed day in the life of Stephen, aimless, unhappy, unfulfilled—and without a clue as to how to make his life better.

His dead-end job at the zoo, his demanding family, his oppressive feelings for Fiona and the pitiless city itself…the great weight of it all threatens to some crashing down on him. The day will bring untold surprises and disasters, but will also show him—perhaps too late—that love is not a trap, and only he can free himself.

Sharply observed, hilarious, tender and heartbreaking, ANIMAL PEOPLE is a portrait of urban life, a meditation on the conflicted nature of human-animal relationships, and a masterpiece of storytelling.

  • Year of Publication: 2011
  • Genre: Literature
  • Audience: Adult