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The God of Animals: A Novel
by Aryn Kyle

Published: 2007-03-01
Hardcover : 320 pages
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From an award-winning and talented young novelist comes one of the most exciting fiction debuts in years: a breathtaking and beautiful novel set on a horse ranch in small-town Colorado.

When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her ...

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(From an award-winning and talented young novelist comes one of the most exciting fiction debuts in years: a breathtaking and beautiful novel set on a horse ranch in small-town Colorado.

When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles -- a depressed, bedridden mother; a reticent, overworked father; and a run-down horse ranch. As the hottest summer in fifteen years unfolds and bills pile up, Alice is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend their family and the ranch.

To make ends meet, the Winstons board the pampered horses of rich neighbors, and for the first time Alice confronts the power and security that class and wealth provide. As her family and their well-being become intertwined with the lives of their clients, Alice is drawn into an adult world of secrets and hard truths, and soon discovers that people -- including herself -- can be cruel, can lie and cheat, and every once in a while, can do something heartbreaking and selfless. Ultimately, Alice and her family must weather a devastating betrayal and a shocking, violent series of events that will test their love and prove the power of forgiveness.

A wise and astonishing novel about the different guises of love and the often steep tolls on the road to adulthood, The God of Animals is a haunting, unforgettable debut.

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  "lovely story"by jill (see profile) 05/22/09

beautiful book!

 
  "Conclusion was disappointing and characters needed to come together in a better way"by lmscholz (see profile) 02/18/09

The God of Animals was an OK read. I would recommend the book to people who are social readers and not avid reader. My book club just gave it a 2 rating out of a scale of 1-5. However, I did enjoy the... (read more)

 
  "Life for a young girl in dysfunctional ranch family"by clkopplin (see profile) 10/16/08

This book has many areas of discussion and poses many questions. It makes you really think about life and our choices.

 
  "12 year old's hard life on a desert horse farm"by im3snakes (see profile) 02/21/08

While the narrator of this book, 12-year-old Alice, is by turns naive and wise beyond her years, this book is an interesting and eye-opening look at the hard life of a working show horse far... (read more)

 
  "young girl growing up under hard circumstances learns life lessons working on her family's horse farm"by mapfleger (see profile) 09/25/07

I liked the perspective from which this story is written. This book is sad for several reasons. Very well written.

 
  "Heartbreakingly Lovely"by mel29 (see profile) 09/24/07

Good book as it stuck with me days and weeks after reading it. There was an overwhelming sense of sadness and despondency; a permeating loneliness in all the characters including the animals. Questions... (read more)

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