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Aryn Kyle Finds Success 'Surreal'

Aryn Kyle

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Thanks to BPP listener Dave Wiley, we bring you an audio interview with Aryn Kyle, the author of our current BPP Book Club selection, The God of Animals. Kyle talked to Colorado Public Radio station KCFR's show Colorado Matters about the process of turning a short story into a novel and dealing with the critical and popular acclaim for her debut. She says the book's success "still seems so surreal."

Kyle's official website is here. And we dug up a little blurb Kyle wrote before her book came out for an online publication called Conversely. In it, she talks about her inability to climb a rope in gym class (I could never do that either) and describes her post-MFA life in Missoula, Mont.:

I'm hoping that if I just hang around long enough, I will realize what it is that I'm supposed to do with my life. In the meantime, I'm working on a novel, begging money from my (incredibly generous) parents, and calculating the number of decades it is going to take me to repay my student loans.

Seems like she got at least some of that figured out.

Hey, we're official! The BPP Book Club now has its own e-mail address.



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The book is very enjoyable reading, thanks BPP for the suggestion. Other similar books, written in very different styles but with common western themes and strong female characters are: Strange Angels by Jonis Agee, The Hearts of Horses and The Jump Off Creek, both by Molly Gloss. They, along with The God of Animals, all go well together.

Sent by Joanna Miller | 4:45 PM | 4-8-2008

So I bought the book yesterday, and the store manager said she had read it and liked it but was surprised a man wanted to read it. She followed up by saying that men who read a variety of fiction are more sensitive. I don't know if I'm being complimented or made fun of.

Anyway, working out of town today and tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get a good jump on my reading.

Sent by Seth in Kansas | 10:52 AM | 4-11-2008

@ Seth iin Kansas: Definitely a compliment, I'd say.

Sent by Sarah Goodyear | 11:24 AM | 4-11-2008

I finished the first chapter last night. It made me feel like I was 12 again. I read the last book selection within days of receiving it and then forgot the details by the time the discussion came around 3 weeks later. So I will try to slow my pace this time. Funny that this book has a suffering "mystery mom" too.

Sent by Rebecca | 6:23 AM | 4-15-2008