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The Savages

Matt Whyman

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1071-9
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Paperback
Overlook
04/07/2015

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The Savage family is close-knit, but everyone has something to hide—from father Titus’s shady business dealings, to mother Angelica’s dangerously compulsive shopping habits, to 12-year-old Ivan’s increasingly lethal pranks. But teenage Sasha’s secret trumps them all: she is dating a vegetarian. This trait will never fly with the rest of the Savages, who are…uniquely carnivorous.

Problems start to pile up. Sasha’s boyfriend convinces her to try going vegetarian for a month, but then leaves her for a vegan vigilante. Angelica attempts to pay her mounting credit card bill by allowing commercials to film in the family home, until one of Ivan’s pranks leaves a model dead in their bathroom. A detective hired to investigate Titus’s predatory business affairs notices the model’s disappearance, and starts to think that there may be something more sinister to the perfect-seeming Savages.

He’s right, of course—they’re cannibals.


Praise for The Savages:

"Wickedly funny and mildly disturbing…Whyman's taste for the bizarre is grislier than most, and a gruesome finale is particularly unsettling. But it's his choice phrasing (the family's victims are "free range") and spot-on comedic delivery, seen especially in 12-year-old Ivan's pointed practical jokes, that make the book so digestible." —Publishers Weekly

"Utterly wicked and deliciously macabre. THE SAVAGES left me hungry for more." —Marcus Sedgwick, author of Floodland

"I devoured (there's no other way to put it) The Savages. And they were delicious! Seriously. I absolutely loved the book. It was funny and fascinating, occasionally repulsive, and beautifully written. Also quite thought-provoking, since I have an uneasy relationship with meat-eating, yet can't quite commit to vegetarianism. What I especially loved is how caring and tender the Savage family was. I'll be on the lookout for more of Matt Whyman's writing from here on in. I'm a fan!" —Ellen Potter, author of The Kneebone Boy



Matt Whyman is a distinctive contemporary voice in cutting edge teen fiction. His books include the acclaimed Boy Kills Man and the Carl Hobbes thrillers.

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