Church of the Dog

Church of the Dog

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 0143113429
  • 9780143113423
  • 1,531,242

Review quote

"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."
aCammie McGovern, author of "EYE CONTACT"
""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..."
aLuanne Rice, "New York Times" bestselling author of "LIGHT OF THE MOON"
"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."
aLynne Hinton, author of "FRIEND: SHIP CAKE" and "THE ARMS OF GOD"
"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."
aSarah Addison Allen, author of "GARDEN SPELLS" and "THE SUGAR QUEEN"
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About Kaya McLaren

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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Rating details

470 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 33% (156)
4 35% (163)
3 23% (106)
2 9% (40)
1 1% (5)
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