While Aryn Kyle won acclaim and several awards for her earliest short fiction, it was her breakout first novel, The God of Animals -- originally published as a short story -- that made readers take notice.
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Date of Birth:
January 22, 1978
Place of Birth:
B.A., Colorado State University, 2001; M.F.A. in Fiction, University of Montana, 2003
The Rona Jaffe Award, 2005; National Magazine Award in Fiction, 2005
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|The God of Animals|
In this poignant debut novel that some are describing as The Lovely Bones meets The Horse Whisperer, 12-year-old Alice Winston is a loner struggling to deal with her dysfunctional family out in the middle of Desert Valley, Colorado. When her glamorous older sister elopes with a rodeo star, Alice is left to deal with a depressed, bedridden mother, a gruff, overworked father, and their dilapidated horse ranch. During one long, fateful summer, Alice is torn between escaping her burdensome life at the ranch, and helping her father save it -- and their family's dreams.
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|"I like to write at night," Kyle reveals in our interview. "There’s something about being awake while the rest of the world is sleeping that I find very stimulating work-wise. The phone doesn't ring; no one knocks a the door. It’s much easier for me to work for long stretches of time without the distraction of daytime life."|
We asked Kyle to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books, and Marilynne Robinson's modern classic made her list. "I was assigned this novel for a college class, and during that time I followed my roommate around our apartment, reading lines aloud to her while she was trying to do laundry or clean the kitchen. I think she wanted to strangle me," Kyle recalls.
Kyle also tapped Middlesex as a favorite read. "The scope of point of view throughout this novel is really incredible," she comments. "I don’t use the term 'Great American Novel' lightly, but I can think of no other to describe this book." Read our interview with Kyle to learn more about her favorite writers and their books, including:
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