Church of the Dog

Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 50th 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 listeners to find the magic and power in every day shared with the people they love.

©2008 Kaya McLaren (P)2008 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kaya McLaren's sincere and generous feelings for all the creatures of this world make this novel of comforting magic both heartfelt and heartening." (Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth and All Is Vanity

"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." (Cammie 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...." (Luanne Rice, New York Times best-selling author of Light of the Moon)

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it was ok....

It's a quick read but not worth one credit.
I wish I could have picked up a hard copy at the thrift store.The narrator was great.

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May not be for you if your spirit is wounded

This story is well written and wonderfully narrated but oh, it is so tragic. It is at least a box of kleenex. But the characters are great, the warmth is very warm. And none of us gets out of this life alive.