Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Animal You'll Surely Become

Tolson Books

Animal You'll Surely Become  is a blue collar fairy tale. A work of poetry and nonfiction, Animal explores a broken family system, addiction, and sexual trauma.


My father is a victim of the Catholic Church which resulted in years of addiction and later homelessness. The priest who abused my father was moved about the country (including Ohio) where he continued to molest boys. He died protected by the church and with no one knowing his secret.


I hope my book does my father's story justice. This book with glimmer into existence October 9, 2018. You can preorder now at Tolsunbooks.com



"Animal You'll Surely Become is an honest, intimate, and unwaveringly compassionate look at our human vulnerability, especially the young, the disenfranchised, the addicted, and the innocent. These fierce essays sting, then sing. Brittany Hailer is a writer to watch, that’s for sure." - Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire




"Animal You'll Surely Become is a courageous and confident debut that juggles sorrow and fear, rage and love, hurt and triumph, all while balanced on an umbilical highwire tethered between memory and the moon. After reading this book, you will never see cherry blossoms or a tortoise shell or a collarbone or a wine bottle or a pile of clothes in the same way again. Angela Carter, Kate Bernheimer, and Lidia Yuknavitch fans, you heard it here first: Brittany Hailer is a writer to watch." —Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and Desire: A Haunting



"Animal You'll Surely Become is a brutal and lyric shape-shifter of a book. It reinvents itself with each chapter, always turning on the reader. This book is an animal who is smart and soft, intuitive and vicious. It is a hybrid-myth of a beast with three faces pointing backwards, forwards, and most importantly: straight ahead, daring its reader, its prey, to blink. Hailer debuts with a lush and dirty book that is as adventurous as it is ambitious, and as I read it, I couldn’t look away. " -Sarah Shotland, Author of Junkette