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Cam Anderson is a fixer. As a small-town veterinarian, she ministers to the usual parade of household pets, and as an animal-rescue volunteer she liberates abused horses, abandoned donkeys, stray goats. The one thing Cam can’t salvage is her marriage. The morning her temperamental husband tells her he’s leaving her, she’s dumbfounded. The afternoon she catches him in the arms of a much younger woman, she’s devastated. And the fact that everyone around her seems to be rejoicing in their own relationships isn’t helping. Her best friend is engaged; her parents are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary; her gay brother and his partner are adopting. Though she turns to both an old friend and a new acquaintance to help her learn to trust her heart again, Cam ultimately discovers that her menagerie of maltreated critters are her most reliable instructors. With subtle yet shimmering insight, Kittle explores the resilience of human nature and the indelible role animals play in healing shattered emotions. --Carol Haggas

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“Wonderfully poignant characters and a deeply satisfying exploration of love in its many incarnations, some of them a bit furrier than others, make this novel Katrina Kittle’s most insightful yet. Don’t miss it!” (Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Tomorrow River)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061906077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061906077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katrina Kittle is the author of 5 novels, most recently THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS and REASONS TO BE HAPPY. She lives in Dayton, Ohio, where she teaches creative writing, gardens, runs, and is addicted to coffee and movies. She tries not to be bitter that her cat Joey is more popular on Facebook than she is. You can find out more at her website www.katrinakittle.com

Customer Reviews

Well written, interesting characters.
Lilly
I loved this story about the bonds between humans and animals and how those bonds helped one person navigate difficult life circumstances.
SR - Maryland
I would recommend this book to my lady readers who love a story that keeps you hooked from the first page to the very end.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful and incredible feeling to sit down with a book, open up the cover and instantly become engulfed within a story. That was exactly my experience with The Blessings of the Animals. I have been yearning to read Katrina Kittle for a while now and when the opportunity came to be part of her tour for The Blessings of the Animals, I was thrilled to death. Though this is my first book by Ms. Kittle, it will definitely not be my last.

It is a well known idea that animals have the power to heal and the bond between human and animal can be a very special and unbreakable one. The Blessings of the Animals takes that idea and creates a highly memorable and engrossing story that will ring within the reader's minds long after the book has been finished. Katrina Kittle's talent for creating realistic, heart-rendering and amazingly descriptive story prose draws the reader in and holds them tight until the very end. One such instance occurs in the beginning, on page 15:

"Helen filmed and I narrated in a voice that sounded tight and swollen no matter how many times I cleared my throat. "The mare ate the wood. She was eating her own stall in an attempt to survive. Look." With gloved hands, I pulled back the mare's upper lip and opened her jaw. "Her tongue and gums are full of splinters, and her mouth is full of manure."

The shouting, hammering, and barking continued as we filmed empty feed bins, an empty hayloft, empty water buckets.

I euthanized a black gelding and shipped off four other raggedy survivors with the last of the volunteers. Helen got on her cell, trying to round up more foster homes.

When I opened the last stall in this barn, two fillies stared at me from the dark, sweet eyes in deep hollows.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Books and Things on August 26, 2010
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Of course, as the title suggests, the animals play an important role through her hero journey. The animals in the story are really made 3 dimensional and of course, play a pivotal role in Cami's story. You end up really love these highly visual animal characters in this story and there is at least one tear jerking scene (but it isn't about death, to relax those like me who hate those stories).

Not only is this story about Cami's journey through divorce and how she is saved by her animals and friends, but it is a comment on marriage and love in general. It comments on those, like Cami, who learn that marriage is hard work and can be worth that work. It's also about those that want to be married just for the sake of marriage. This is not only on the part of the woman, but the man as well. There is even a bit about arranged marriage. Plus, there is also a big commentary on gay marriage and adoption. All of this seems like a lot to put in a book, but the way it was done it fits well because it follows Cami's discoveries of those issues.

My only complaint is about her boyfriends. They are wonderful characters until she dates them. Then, they start to become one-dimensional caricatures of themselves. For example, I didn't believe that Vijay, her childhood best friend, was such an insightful person and true friend only to become a totally blind and selfish boyfriend so quickly and throughly. Vijay was my biggest disappointment.

I give this book 4 stars and I do recommend this book. I'm also glad that this book is based on animals that she knew in real life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sam Staley on August 5, 2010
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This is a wonderful book and a decidely positive (and fitting) follow up to the gripping and much darker "Kindness of Strangers." Kittle's story of love, forgiveness and personal committment has an enduring message about being true to yourself in order to find real happiness. We picked up this book and read it straight through in one day. Kittle's first book, "Traveling Light," showed the power of her literary voice in exploring complicated, layered interpersonal relationships, and "The Blessings of the Animals" is simply more evidence of her staying power as an author and story teller.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MamaK on July 6, 2011
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When searching for new books, I often look to authors that I truly enjoyed in the past, and search for recommended books that are written by "like" authors. Katrina Kittle is one such author. After much review I chose this selection, "The Blessings of the Animals". I was very disappointed in this novel. It lacked depth, character development and really did not have much of a plot. Come to think of it a BLAH book. You know what I mean, you don't hate it but don't like it either, and in six months you will have forgotten you ever read it. Too many good books out there to waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lisa shea on August 23, 2010
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what a pleasant surprise of a book!?! i really enjoyed the story, the character, the writing - everything was wonderful, and despite its bulk, it read fairly quickly and easily. spunky and full of emotional nuggets of wisdom, this was a book that left me immensely satisfied, both as a reader and as a human being that loves her people and animals.

"Throughout my teens I'd flirt with starvation - as well as with rock climbing, flying lessons, hitchhiking and lots of solo travel, a variety of drugs, and boys with bad reputations."

the story centers on Camden (Cam or Cami for short), a sometimes reckless, but mostly passionate veterinarian who very much loves her work, who is also a mother and wife in a seemingly turbulent, but satisfying life. and then, without much warning or fanfare, her husband leaves, throwing their lives into the painful aftermath of divorce. but, Cam, being the ever-resilient superwoman type that she is, does her best to dust herself off and weather the storm and learn a bit about herself and others along the way.

through a whole slew of characters that i couldn't even begin to introduce, Cam wades through the divorce with her support system in tow. parents, in-laws, fellow co-workers, her gay brother and his partner (both named David), her best friend and fiancee, her daughter and her very smitten boyfriend, and on and on. and that's not even beginning to get into the animals. so, be prepared for the long list of characters! but, as much as it sounds daunting, it really wasn't. each person and every animal had their place and it wasn't overdone or excessive somehow.

so, as the title would suggest, animals definitely have a portion of the spotlight in the story.
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