The Animals (Paperback)

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"A sublime novel about a man with a dark past he's trying desperately to forget, only problem is it keeps knocking at his door. Christian Kiefer is a true lyricist, and there are passages in this terrifyingly moving novel that read with a cinematic urgency you won't soon forget. For believers of second chances, lovers of karmic realities, and everything in between—don't let this book slip through the cracks." - John

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Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill's crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill's defining betrayal and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631491498
ISBN-10: 1631491490
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: January 11th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English