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The God of Animals
by Aryn Kyle
From The Jacket: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.
This book was very popular with my book club. We all agreed that it was the writing style of this author that was so captivating.
by-Gracie 2009/11/15, 05:57 PM
The characters in this story are without doubt what draw you into the story and captivate you. If you like books that are subtle, yet with characters that have strong clear voices, don’t miss this one.
by-Lyn 2009/07/27, 06:36 PM
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