On the Divinity of Second Chances: A Novel

On the Divinity of Second Chances: A Novel

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by Kaya McLaren
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143115182
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
725,362
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Kaya McLaren teaches art and lives on the east slope of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state with her dog, Big Cedar. Her second novel, On the Divinity of Second Chances, will be published by Penguin in winter 2009.

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On the Divinity of Second Chances 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
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I really liked the characters...all of them. The ideas are fresh and the writing is tight. A great little escape for someone who lives in Colorado with wildfires going on everywhere. God bless Martina!!!
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TeacherCunningham More than 1 year ago
I admit the characters are quirky - maybe in real life they wouldn't be likely to be at a dinner party at my house - yet McLaren makes me fall in love with each one of them (just like in her first book "Church of the Dog"). Without knowing it I set aside subconscious prejudices and enjoy glimpsing into their lives. McLaren sees life through a spiritual lens, causing her characters to look deep into their own lives and motives, making corrections and learning as they grow, and caring deeply for others. Married couples in mid-life would benefit greatly from the new-age "therapy" Anna and Phil get - I'm considering signing up for dance lessons and I'm looking into where to rent a bagpipe for my husband.
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BookLoverinHouston More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a book club. I am a big mystery reader so this book was quite different from my usual reading, but I fell in love with this book. The characters were so unique and the writing style was entertaining. My book club members all gave it a rating of 8 or 9 on the 10 scale. It made for a great book club discussion as there were so many fascinating characters to discuss-from the bagpipe playing Dad to the tapdancing grandmother! Highly recommend.
dogtoy More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that captured my heart. I felt everything that the characters felt because their feelings and the delineation were so clearly described. I read this book slowly so I could savor each chapter. At the end, I really slowed down because I didn't want the story to end. I fell in love with each person's story. I love how this author sees life. I love her spiritual elements in the story. I can't wait until her next book comes out. One word to describe her books: WOW!!!
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
Kaya McLaren has magnificently written a captivating story of a family's poignant quest for the miracle of second chances. Jade's family is slowly falling apart. She is keeping complex secrets, while her parent's marriage is collapsing, brother Forrest is living in self-inflicted exile and pregnant sister Olive walks away from her life to live with their grandmother. Brilliantly told in alternating narratives, each family member tells his/her own perspective, enriching our understanding of this broken, suffering family. Ultimately, they learn the potent act of forgiveness can create the healing power that second chances provide. Ms. McLaren is a superior storyteller. She has exquisitely created a marvelous, endearing cast of characters who enthralled me from start to finish. Amusing antics provide many laugh-out-loud moments. This uplifting story serves as a wonderful inspiration for those of us searching for our second chance. I really loved this insightful book as there were many valuable lessons within. I was left reflecting on the importance of forgiveness, especially when offered freely. You must read this engrossing book!
PoshPassy More than 1 year ago
There are a few character in the book I did not care for but one two of them def. left me wanting more. If there was a continuation of this book I would read it. I don't know if I would recommend it unless you are feeling like reading something different than your used to. I would not keep this in my library and I plan to resell it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! I loved reading it and hope that the author writes more!