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Kept Animals is a bold, riveting debut novel of desire, betrayal, and loss, centering on three teenage girls, a horse ranch, and the tragic accident that changes everything.

Longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a Best of 2020 from Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire; Parade; Reader’s Digest; Electric Literature; The Millions and one of Oprah’s “42 LGBTQ Books That Are Changing the Literary Landscape.”

A darkly beautiful book, tender yet powerful, an exquisite exploration of hurt and desire, the why of wanting, taking, and giving.”

— Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

“[A] rugged and ravishing debut.”

— O, The Oprah Magazine

“Kept Animals is an event-packed novel of class, desire, coming-of-age and familial disintegration. It’s also a knowing depiction of an unstable world where residents can be as treacherous as the landscape,” 

— Janet Fitch, The New York Times Book Review

“Milliken pulls out all the stops to deliver a riveting page-turner, an unforgettable story of loss and renewal. She is a powerful talent to watch.”

— Library Journal, starred review

 

“Kept Animals is filled with the kind of compulsively turnable pages that exist mostly in dreams, but here, Milliken has turned that dream into a reality with an explosive, impressive debut,”

— Daily Californian

 “[A] thrilling read with a breathless climax.”

– Electric Lit

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Kate

Milliken

is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award-winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Northern California with her family. Kept Animals is her first novel.

Kate

Milliken

is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award-winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Northern California with her family. Kept Animals is her first novel.

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