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Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses — not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend.

But kitchen counter statues and otter bone ceremonies aren't enough when his estranged daughter returns from prison, swearing she's clean and sober. Her search for a safe harbor threatens everything Ray holds sacred. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne's gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing.

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"With a story as riveting as it is fresh and characters as profound and compelling as the water that surrounds them, Dan Berne's The Gods of Second Chances is a gorgeous plunge into the depth of the bonds of blood and belief." Rachael Herron, bestselling author of Pack Up the Moon

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"Every so often a novel comes along that feels like nothing you've read before. Dan Berne's The Gods of Second Chances is one of those, soulful and shattering in equal measure. Berne shines a light on rarely visited corners of both the world and the human heart in a page-turning story that stays with you long after you've reached the end. Be prepared to be amazed." Karen Karbo, bestselling author of Julia Child Rules

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"With The Gods of Second Chances, Dan Berne has created a world that is immediate and true, tender and tough as nails, with a protagonist, Ray Bancroft, to match. Ray's struggle to stay afloat, to keep his family safe, is a harrowing one, full of ominous portents, dangerous adversaries, and hard-earned triumphs. Through it all, Berne navigates the treacherous waters of the human heart with a deft but unsparing touch. The Gods of Second Chances is a terrific debut from a talented writer." Rob Yardumian, author of The Sound of Songs Across the Water

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"Can I just say... I loved this book. Rarely have I come across a novel that blends story-telling, drama, and great writing quite as well as The Gods of Second Chances. I confess

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"Second chances abound throughout the story, from Ray raising his granddaughter in a second crack at parenthood to Jenny's attempts to get clean and Ray's multiple attempts to date a local therapist. Faith plays a strong thematic role as well, with Ray's sailor superstitions (the Buddha statue he rubs every time he takes the boat out, and the collection of deity statues he keeps around his home) and the conflict all this creates when his daughter returns as a born-again Christian." Jeff Fleisher, Foreword Reviews

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"The Gods of Second Chances is emotionally charged family drama, but it's never sappy or sentimental — it's Alaska, where Hilda's Pharmacy has a selection of birthday and sympathy cards but nothing of the Hallmark variety. You could try faith and forgiveness in a few lines of canned poetry, but it won't hit anywhere close to home. The Gods of Second Chances is another story." Brian Juenemann, Register-Guard

About the Author

Author Dan Berne has been an active member of a select writing workgroup led by author Karen Karbo for ten years. His short stories and poetry have been published in literary magazines. Dan owns a market strategy consultancy, and lives with his wife Aliza in Portland, Oregon. His debut novel was chosen for publication during Forest Avenue Press' 2013 open submission period.

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Sheila Deeth, March 25, 2015 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
The Tlingit fisherman asks us to rub the belly of a god for luck when we climb aboard his boat. The Buddhist spares a bite of food. The newly-reformed Christian sees every alien creed as demonic threat. And the grittily dour grandfather fills his home with statues in hopes that maybe one or another god might save him. Meanwhile an absent drug-addicted daughter, a sue-addicted tourist, and an all-too-present invasive crab are just the very tip of his ice-berg of troubles, while a delightfully, vividly real granddaughter is a wonderful saving grace.

The Gods of Second Chances blends evocative scenery, hauntingly real life and poverty, genuine Alaskan traditions and dreams, and a very modern plot into something truly beautiful. The voice is consistent, simultaneously gritty and smooth. Land, sea and weather are characters in their own right. The details drag the reader in, and second chances crawl like crabs into pots.

There’s a touch of romance, a grounding in misunderstandings, a wealth of age and culture gaps, pleasing humor, and a treasure of gods in this very human, very wonderful tale. It’s all presented with pithily perfect illustrations at the head of each chapter. A gorgeously rendered animal totem, symbolizing those gods perhaps, is crumbling down. But the urge to spare it belongs to the new world, not old. And a final collapse might mark the new beginning needed by all.

By turns sad, sweet, dark, scary, peaceful, frantic and wise, the God’s of Second Chances is a hauntingly beautiful book, just waiting for someone to grant it a first chance at fame. It’s highly recommended.

Disclosure: A friend loaned me this book. She thought I’d enjoy it. She was right!
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Alisha C, June 12, 2014 (view all comments by Alisha C)
The novel is quiet, but very textured with emotions and themes. The characters will touch your soul and remind you that family life is never as easy as it could be, nor is it ever what it may seem. Berne’s characters are lively and likable. They make mistakes and rally through them. In the novel, Ray learns that family issues are rarely black and white and also learns the hard truth that there are two sides to every story, both of them standing with truth. Berne relates a family like no other but with familiarity to everyone.
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ISBN:
9780988265745
Author:
Berne, Dan
Publisher:
Forest Avenue Press
Author:
Berne, Dan
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Review" by , "With a story as riveting as it is fresh and characters as profound and compelling as the water that surrounds them, Dan Berne's The Gods of Second Chances is a gorgeous plunge into the depth of the bonds of blood and belief."
"Review" by , "Every so often a novel comes along that feels like nothing you've read before. Dan Berne's The Gods of Second Chances is one of those, soulful and shattering in equal measure. Berne shines a light on rarely visited corners of both the world and the human heart in a page-turning story that stays with you long after you've reached the end. Be prepared to be amazed."
"Review" by , "With The Gods of Second Chances, Dan Berne has created a world that is immediate and true, tender and tough as nails, with a protagonist, Ray Bancroft, to match. Ray's struggle to stay afloat, to keep his family safe, is a harrowing one, full of ominous portents, dangerous adversaries, and hard-earned triumphs. Through it all, Berne navigates the treacherous waters of the human heart with a deft but unsparing touch. The Gods of Second Chances is a terrific debut from a talented writer."
"Review" by , "Can I just say... I loved this book. Rarely have I come across a novel that blends story-telling, drama, and great writing quite as well as The Gods of Second Chances. I confess
"Review" by , "Second chances abound throughout the story, from Ray raising his granddaughter in a second crack at parenthood to Jenny's attempts to get clean and Ray's multiple attempts to date a local therapist. Faith plays a strong thematic role as well, with Ray's sailor superstitions (the Buddha statue he rubs every time he takes the boat out, and the collection of deity statues he keeps around his home) and the conflict all this creates when his daughter returns as a born-again Christian."
"Review" by , "The Gods of Second Chances is emotionally charged family drama, but it's never sappy or sentimental — it's Alaska, where Hilda's Pharmacy has a selection of birthday and sympathy cards but nothing of the Hallmark variety. You could try faith and forgiveness in a few lines of canned poetry, but it won't hit anywhere close to home. The Gods of Second Chances is another story."
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