Debut Novel Chronicles Coming of Age in the West The God of Animals by debut novelist Aryn Kyle is based on her award-winning short story that appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. Set on a horse ranch in Colorado, it is a story of people brought together by their needs.

Debut Novel Chronicles Coming of Age in the West

Debut Novel Chronicles Coming of Age in the West

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Aryn Kyle graduated from the University of Montana writing program. The first chapter of her debut novel, The God of Animals, won a National Magazine Award for Fiction after it appeared as a short story in The Atlantic Monthly. Miriam Berkley hide caption

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Aryn Kyle graduated from the University of Montana writing program. The first chapter of her debut novel, The God of Animals, won a National Magazine Award for Fiction after it appeared as a short story in The Atlantic Monthly.

Miriam Berkley

Montana writer Aryn Kyle's award-winning short story, Foaling Season, first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly.

It became the first chapter in her debut novel, The God of Animals, a story of people brought together by their needs.

The protagonist, Alice Winston, is a young girl living on a horse ranch in Desert Valley, Colo.

Alice is forced to grow up fast. Her sister has run off with a rodeo cowboy, her mother locks herself away in her room, and the ranch is run by her overworked and lonely father.

To pay their mounting stack of bills, the family boards the horses of their well-to-do neighbors, and Alice soon discovers an adult world filled with love and loss.

Kyle talks with Scott Simon about her own Colorado upbringing and how she managed to write a book that reveres horses, but doesn't get sentimental about them.

The God of Animals
By Aryn Kyle

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