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On the Divinity of Second Chances

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ISBN13: 9780143115182
ISBN10: 0143115189
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A broken family finds its way back together in this captivating story from the author of Church of the Dog

A charismatic author with a voice and message all her own, Kaya McLaren has become beloved in the book world as much for her upbeat energy as for her rich storytelling. In On the Divinity of Second Chances, she portrays a family on the brink of dissolution-a mother besieged by middle age, a distant father lost in daily life, and their three teenage children struggling in various ways with the family's disintegration even as they conceal a secret that could send their parents further over the edge. With the help of a group of tap-dancing old ladies, a sensual tango teacher, and a lot of luck, this family is about to learn that everyone gets a second chance which, as McLaren beautifully reminds us in this inspiring novel, is sometimes even better than the first.

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"McLaren's touching if too busy newest weaves together a complex set of family narratives. Phil and Anna's 30-year marriage is crumbling: Anna sleeps in the yard, and Phil busies himself with inane projects. Their oldest daughter, Olive, gets knocked up by her immature boyfriend and quits her bank job to move in with her grandmother. Son Forrest left home at 14, consumed with guilt from a tragic mistake, and could be dead for all Phil and Anna know, though youngest daughter Jade knows where Forrest is, but keeps that, and many other things, secret. As the family drifts farther apart, it will take tango lessons, bagpipes and enormous effort to bring its members back together. While the book starts slow, it picks up steam quickly, though McLaren tries to stuff too much into the narrative, switching character perspectives at an annoying clip. That aside, McLaren manages to present a rich cast dealing gracefully with spirituality and mortality, a not inconsiderable feat considering the material is ripe for kitsch." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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McLaren, author of "Church of the Dog," celebrates moments of pure beauty and wonder in her widely anticipated second novel. Overflowing with a spirited cast of characters, it revels in the miracle of second chances as an extended family searches for true contentment.

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Unabridged CDs ? 7 CDs, 9 hours

A charismatic author with a voice and message all her own, Kaya McLaren has become beloved in the book world as much for her upbeat energy as for her rich storytelling.

About the Author

Kaya McLaren teaches art.

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DL, October 1, 2012 (view all comments by DL)
I really enjoyed this oddly unique, yet charmingly lovable little story. I love this authors style of writing. She does an amazing job of developing the characters, making you fall in love with each one, for a different reason. I would highly recommend this author to anyone who is looking for a escape from reality. Church of the Dog was the first novel by Kaya McIaren that I have read, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope she keeps writing, I cant wait to read another.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143115182
Author:
Mclaren, Kaya
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Hoppe, Lincoln
Author:
Morey, Arthur
Author:
Lee, Ann Marie
Author:
McLaren, Kaya
Author:
Campbell, Cassandra
Author:
Farr, Kimberly
Author:
Ryan, Allyson
Subject:
Family secrets
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.68x5.16x.60 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143115182 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McLaren's touching if too busy newest weaves together a complex set of family narratives. Phil and Anna's 30-year marriage is crumbling: Anna sleeps in the yard, and Phil busies himself with inane projects. Their oldest daughter, Olive, gets knocked up by her immature boyfriend and quits her bank job to move in with her grandmother. Son Forrest left home at 14, consumed with guilt from a tragic mistake, and could be dead for all Phil and Anna know, though youngest daughter Jade knows where Forrest is, but keeps that, and many other things, secret. As the family drifts farther apart, it will take tango lessons, bagpipes and enormous effort to bring its members back together. While the book starts slow, it picks up steam quickly, though McLaren tries to stuff too much into the narrative, switching character perspectives at an annoying clip. That aside, McLaren manages to present a rich cast dealing gracefully with spirituality and mortality, a not inconsiderable feat considering the material is ripe for kitsch." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , McLaren, author of "Church of the Dog," celebrates moments of pure beauty and wonder in her widely anticipated second novel. Overflowing with a spirited cast of characters, it revels in the miracle of second chances as an extended family searches for true contentment.
"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged CDs ? 7 CDs, 9 hours

A charismatic author with a voice and message all her own, Kaya McLaren has become beloved in the book world as much for her upbeat energy as for her rich storytelling.

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