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Aryn Kyle


Aryn Kyle (born January 22, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer. She is a 2008 recipient of the Alex Awards.

Kyle was born in Peoria, Illinois and grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana in 2003.

Kyle’s first short story, “Foaling Season”, was published by The Atlantic Monthly and went on to win a 2004 National Magazine Award in fiction.

“Foaling Season” became the first chapter of Kyle’s debut novel, The God of Animals, which was published by Scribner in March 2007 and became a national bestseller.

The God of Animals is the story of Alice Winston, a young girl coming of age on her family’s rundown horse ranch. The novel is set in the fictional town of Desert Valley, which Kyle based on Grand Junction, Colorado. The God of Animals won an Alex Award, a Spur Award for Best Novel of the West and was named by as the Number One Fiction Debut of 2007.

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