The God of Animals

The God of Animals

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2007
ISBN: 9781416553908
1416553908
Branch Call Number: PS3611.Y55 G63 2007x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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lpreston214
Feb 20, 2009

A good coming of age novel about Alice, a young girl growing up in Colorado. Her family runs a stables where they board horses and train riders for shows. However, Alice soon learns nothing is as it seems. Her profoundly depressed mother never leaves her room yet seems to know everything that's going on. A rich horse owner buys Alice new clothes which gets her into the cool clique at school yet she does not fit in. Even a horse named Darling is anything but. What is real and what is false and why people tell lies and how they live with them is central to this novel. I found it enjoyable yet the ending is lacking.

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