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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaya McLaren Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Lincoln Hoppe, Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781101052945
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McLaren’s involving novel is an uplifting story about unconditional love and family ties.”

    Booklist

  • Selected for the May 2009 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Shusko | 2/3/2014

    " I LOVED this book !!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/1/2014

    " While I strongly disagree with some of the beliefs presented (reincarnation, specifically), as a literary device they work with the theme; overall, I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/30/2014

    " The beginning was so-so for me, but I loved the second half! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/17/2014

    " This book was totally amazing. I just fell in love with all the characters in this book and I wish I could read more about this wonderful family. I hated to see this book end. I really liked the style in which this author writes, each chapter about a different character, in the first person. You really get a feel for each person in this family and what they are going through and what each person's thoughts and feeling are. A book I won't soon forget. Two thumbs up!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/12/2014

    " Will wait to rate this until after the Author has visited our book club, however I liked it much better than her 1st novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/11/2014

    " Very quirky book... a little challenging to get into, but hang in there and I promise you'll fall in love with the whole cast of characters. Each family member has their own story line that weaves together into one big tapestry.. The story of Phil and Anna is particularly poignant. Won't take you long to read -well worth the time invested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Klavano | 1/3/2014

    " sweet book about how a family that is falling apart comes back together. While some of the individual events didn't ring true to me, the emotional resonances rang true. Definitely some humor mixed in as well as pathos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/3/2014

    " Goofy, upbeat fun. Both predictable and unbelievable, but so what? This book made me smile. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 12/26/2013

    " TERRIBLE writer - wow. Each chapter supposed to be in a different character's voice, but ALL are the same. Childish and silly, a ridiculous story with no real point except that all characters need a "second chance". Gag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/26/2013

    " Again not my typical book choice. It was hard for me to start this book but i really got it. It was a good story with lots of great charactures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaya | 12/20/2013

    " I wrote the book I wanted to read. It's beautiful, quirky, full of heart, and kind of magical too. You'll love it! It will be out in paperback in February 2009. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 12/7/2013

    " A fun, quirky read, loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Ippoliti | 11/30/2013

    " Kaya is one of my favorite writers. I loved the brother, yay for Peter Lemonjello. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxy | 11/10/2013

    " I loved it. I would read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/9/2013

    " I read this one in a day; that doesn't happen often. Kaya McLaren is now officially one of my favorite authors. Her insight into human nature is amazing. This book is funny, romantic, touching a little bit fantasy, and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 3/29/2013

    " Great book. Similar in character development to Jodi Piccoults "My Sister's Keeper", the book is written from several characters perspectives and Kaya does an excellent job of individualizing her characters. Interesting. The moon is one of the biggest players. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/26/2013

    " In places this book made me laugh out loud, and in places there were wonderful insights. And it was definitely quirky; I LOVED Pearl. But to me it seemed slow in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 3/10/2013

    " like books that have a theme of redemption - and this one comes through. I also really liked the tap dancing grandmas - Thunderellas was such an awesome name! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/20/2012

    " I don't know why I loved this book, but I did. It made me laugh out loud. Just a light read with some humor and some major trials. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K | 11/27/2012

    " This book was a little whimsical, a lot oddball. The characters and stories were wacky and the whole thing was too crunchy for me. However, the writing seemed really honest, I liked that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/2/2012

    " Beautiful! Wonderful! Quirky and funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/14/2012

    " I did not finish this. Way too quirky for me. I adored Church of the Dog, but I just could not follow the charachters and their oddities after 81 pages, so just stopped. On to something new! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/1/2012

    " I DID not want this story to end!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 12/6/2011

    " Quirky and spiritual with relatable characters. A fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jean Brazil | 12/1/2011

    " Gave up on this one too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Wright | 10/25/2011

    " absolutely DIVINE!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 9/26/2011

    " I really love the diversity of the characters in this book. It's quirky and I felt that I came away having learned something about myself and about life. I'd greatly recommend it to anyone, in general, but especially anyone who feels like they've lost the path to their life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 6/3/2011

    " Bordered on a little new agey and bizarre but once I got into the story I found the characters to be quite interesting. A nice deviation from the norm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/30/2011

    " Wow, a book that is positive, fun & mixes in the spirit world with everday living. This is how I like to see the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 4/21/2011

    " Instead of actual chapters, it is divided by vinettes. Not too much my cup of tea. Otherwise,not a bad story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/28/2011

    " sweet book about how a family that is falling apart comes back together. While some of the individual events didn't ring true to me, the emotional resonances rang true. Definitely some humor mixed in as well as pathos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/6/2010

    " Again not my typical book choice. It was hard for me to start this book but i really got it. It was a good story with lots of great charactures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/24/2010

    " Loved this book. Everyone should read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/19/2010

    " In places this book made me laugh out loud, and in places there were wonderful insights. And it was definitely quirky; I LOVED Pearl. But to me it seemed slow in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 6/2/2010

    " Liked this--would actually give it three and a-half stars if I could. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/8/2010

    " I'm not connecting to the characters in this book as much as I did to the ones in Church of the Dog. I'm enjoying it though.

    I just finished this book and I did enjoy it. It has a very nice, uplifting ending. I still liked Church of the Dog better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 4/4/2010

    " Great book. Similar in character development to Jodi Piccoults "My Sister's Keeper", the book is written from several characters perspectives and Kaya does an excellent job of individualizing her characters. Interesting. The moon is one of the biggest players. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 3/24/2010

    " The beginning was so-so for me, but I loved the second half! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/17/2010

    " This was a good read. Slow to start but then I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 3/1/2010

    " A fun, quirky read, loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/19/2010

    " What I enjoyed about this book were the characters and the positive vibes...

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