On the Divinity of Second Chances (Paperback)

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May 2009 Indie Next List

“This beautifully realized story tells of a family's quest for meaning in lives gone awry. Told alternately from the perspective of each character, the narrative unravels a lifetime of buried feelings, regrets, and lost desires as McLaren deftly chronicles this family's downward spiral and ultimate redemption through forgiveness.”
— Brianne Kuhle, Lindon Bookstore, Enumclaw, WA

September 2009 Indie Next List

“Who hasn't dreamed of getting a second chance? Jade and her family find themselves needing and getting just that, and you'll love sharing their journey. Although their struggles are real, Kaya McLaren keeps the story light and fun, quirky and real. If you are searching for a great read with lots of discussion material, this book is the perfect choice.”
— Andrea Avantaggio, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


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.

About the Author

Kaya McLaren is also author of On the Divinity of Second Chances and Church of the Dog. She lives and teaches third and fourth graders on the east slope of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State. When Kaya s not working, she likes to telemark ski, sit in hot springs, moonlight hike, and play in lakes with her dog, Big Cedar.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143115182
ISBN-10: 0143115189
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 322
Language: English