Today, our mood board series continues with Joni Murphy’s Talking Animals, which was released by Book*hug Press on September 15th. A fable for our times, Murphy’s sophomore novel is an urgent allegory about friendship, art, and the elemental struggle to change one’s life under the low ceiling of capitalism. It sits within walking distance of our daily reality: as Chris Kraus writes, “Joni Murphy’s inventive and beautiful allegory depicts a city enmeshed in climate collapse, blinded to the signs of its imminent destruction by petty hatreds and monstrous greed: that is, the world we are living in now.” Murphy’s bold and clear prose is a perfect conduit for the essential story it tells.
Joni Murphy is a writer from New Mexico who lives in New York. Her debut novel Double Teenage was published by Book*hug Press in 2016. It was named one of The Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of the Year.