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Church of the Dog


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ISBN13: 9780143113423
ISBN10: 0143113429
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DL, January 16, 2012 (view all comments by DL)
I really enjoyed this lovely little novel. What a great escape this author allows the reader to take. She Paints a very accurate account of rural life in the west, without seeming hokie. The characters were well thought out and easy to bond with. I would highly recommend this to anyone who might need a fresh outlook on life. Can't wait to read another by Kaya McLaren.
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What can I say? I'm a sucker for the magical realism genre, and Church of the Dog fit the bill perfectly. While Kaya McLaren's effort does exhibit the fits and starts of a first novel, the underlying story of hope and forgiveness makes it a worthwhile read.
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McLaren, Kaya
Penguin Books
Heyborne, Kirby
Farr, Kimberly
Potter, Kirsten
Morey, Arthur
Literature-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.78x5.06x.63 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143113423 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this treacly reprint of a novel first published in 2000 (by a now-defunct indie press), Edith and Earl McRae have lived on their Oregon farm for 60 years, but know their time is coming to an end. After a withdrawn Earl discovers a lump in his neck, he struggles to reconnect with his wife and his alienated grandson, Daniel. Into this family tragedy strolls Mara, a chaotic figure who sees auras and appears in other characters' dreams — in other words, she's the stereotypical freethinking outsider who opens stoics to the redemptive powers of love. The result is an ersatz inspirational novel that mistakes the characters' tendencies to natter on about God and ethics and spout goofy New Age-isms for plot or character development. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Kaya McLaren's sincere and generous feelings for all the creatures of this world make this novel of comforting magic both heartfelt and heartening."
"Review" by , "What a genuinely surprising novel Kaya McLaren has written, with characters that are each, in their own way, quietly magical and also heartbreakingly true. Like Barbara Kingsolver's early heroines, Mara O'Shaunnessey lives in the real world but reminds us, in all her actions, that animals can be messengers of truth and love has transformative powers."
"Review" by , "Church of the Dog is a radiant novel that honors the broken among us, tenderly healing with its love, humor, and understanding. Kaya McLaren is a deeply wonderful writer. From the opening scene of Mara in her grandmother's garden, through the wrenching finale on the ranch, I was stunned by this book. It's a classic on the spirituality of everyday life."
"Review" by , "This is a sweet, whimsical tale of love and friendship, a slice of pure life. It is a beautiful story that is not to be missed."
"Review" by , "With prose as clear and pure as mountain water, Kaya McLaren has written a testament to the plain sense of things. Church of the Dog is spiritual, even a little magical, but it's also incredibly practical. McLaren has a glorious way of finding beauty in the bigger picture. A lovely, uplifting book."
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An unforgettable debut novel about finding a home, a safe haven, and family.

"Synopsis" by ,
An unforgettable debut novel about finding a home, a safe haven, and family

Deep in Oregon farm country, Edith and Earl McRae are looking down the barrel of their fiftieth anniversary with none of the joy such a milestone should hold. Instead, they are stuck in a past that holds them to heartbreak and tragedy. Enter the mysterious and ever-so-slightly magical Mara O’Shaunessey who appears on their ranch with the power to mend long broken fences and show them how to recognize the enchantment of their everyday lives. Gracefully capturing the strange alchemy of people and places, Kaya McLaren’s story of redemption and rediscovery will inspire readers to find the magic and power in every day shared with the people they love.

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