The Animals in That Country (Paperback)

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"The animals have spoken, and it's driving humans wild. As a mind-bending, zoonotic word virus transforms the Australian landscape, a deeply troubled matriarch and her half-wild dingo travel the unraveling continent to put their pack back together. This is grim, experimental literature that is both grand in scope and and accessibly unpretentious. Laura Jean McKay's debut plague novel is both nihilistically devastating and appallingly, irreverently hilarious."

— From Steven


Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realizes this is no ordinary flu: its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals--first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781957363165
ISBN-10: 1957363169
Publisher: Scribe Us
Publication Date: September 13th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English