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Book Title: All The Little Graces|
The author of the book: Eleanore MacDonald
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Date of issue: February 1st 2012
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All The Little Graces is a moving exploration of the fragile beauties in the human-animal relationship. Set on a verdant Greek island where people still live deeply connected to earth and sea, it weaves a tapestry reflecting the lives of a fisherman, locals and travelers and a lively young girl … all stitched together by a single thread, a homely little stray dog.
A young American family traverses the Aegean into the archipelago in pursuit of four months of sun, sea and adventure––but just as they are settling into their seaside pensione, the cries of a loud dog shatter their peace.
Life is not easy for a stray here––even for one who has survived far longer than most there is little mercy. Dodging unfriendly feet and thrown bottles, Margarita scrambles to find food and shelter and fights to keep her litter of pups safe from the many perils that linger in the shadows. Her howls, while unsettling to Eleni and Harry, just serve as a Siren’s call to 12 year old Lily, and what follows in the wake of their first encounter are profound friendships, beautiful adventures and the family’s lovely relationships with not only Margarita, but also with the colorful fisherman, Vassili.
With their attention constantly pulled from the beauty of sun and sand, to anger and sadness over the desperate animals barely existing in the island’s shadows, it is Vassili’s wisdom, and lessons in humanity and humility offered by his enigmatic culture that help them come to terms with their frustrations. Hopeful changes begin to emerge as islanders and the family move together through a revealing and sometimes painful journey that leads not only to the rescue of human hearts, but also toward recognizing and rectifying the lives of the homeless animals of Greece’s streets.
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Read information about the authorEleanore MacDonald is a California native … a musician, an animal advocate, a writer, who lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a small farm graced with a host of furred and hoofed creatures. Growing up a motherless child in Carmel, CA., she found a great solace in the sea, in words and in the animals, drawing it all into her blood until they became a part of her––she has since then always sought a way to express that love through finding the extraordinary in an ordinary world. Eleanore is also part of an award winning songwriting team with her husband Paul Kamm and has been a performing artist for 32 years. A true friend of Greece - her people, culture and islands - she has been traveling there and working with, and for, the stray animals of the country's streets since 1986. She is presently working on her second novel, another book set in Greece that revolves around the hard beauties of the human-animal relationship, in the hopes of further engendering advocacy for the needy creatures everywhere.
You can learn more about Eleanore, through the words, the sea and the animals in her blog, Notes From an Endless Sea, at www.eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com
Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald - www.kammmac.com
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