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Author: Aryn Kyle Narrator: Lily Rabe Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780743561556
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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, bed-ridden mother, a reticent, overworked father, and a rundown 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 found on the road to adulthood, The God of Animals is a haunting, unforgettable debut. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Aryn Kyle’s stunning debut is a wry and moving look at a disappearing way of life. [A] powerfully understated, ruefully funny novel.” 


  • “An awesome debut. To write about such wild country, such beautiful land, and to know the people living in it, is a writer’s dream. Kyle makes it seem easy.” 

    Globe and Mail

  • “Involving and accomplished. Aryn Kyle’s debut delivers all the fun of the books about horses that you loved as a kid—but with the added weight and seriousness of a novel for grown-ups.” 

    Francine Prose

  • “A beautiful first novel. [Alice is] close to the little girls in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Member of the Wedding.” 

    Washington Post

  • The God of Animals is a moving tale of loss and love. [It’s] an admirable debut by a writer who holds the promise of one day becoming one of the more significant names in the American literary landscape.” 

    Denver Post

  • Winner of a 2008 YALSA Alex Award
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

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About the Author

Aryn Kyle is the author of the bestselling novel The God of Animals and a graduate of the University of Montana writing program. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, the Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New American Voices 2005, Best American Short Stories 2007, and the Atlantic Monthly. Her story “Foaling Season” won a National Magazine Award. She is also the recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and others. She lives in New York.