All the Little Graces (Paperback)

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Life is not easy for a stray. Dodging traffic, unfriendly feet and thrown
bottles, a weary little dog scrambles to find nourishment where she can and
fights to keep her new litter of vulnerable pups safe from the many perils that
linger in Greece's shadows. There is little mercy here––it's a very hard life
for a street dog, especially for one who once knew the caring of a Human. Fierce
and unforgiving, she barks endlessly at the day's many dangers and keens to the
empty darkness of the night, but just as she begins to sink into the despair
that only a dog can feel, the red haired girl appears and life begins to change.
It is the spring of 1990. The young American family traverses the vast Aegean
blue into the Greek archipelago in pursuit of four months of sun, sea and
adventure... but just as they begin to settle on an idyllic whitewashed island
Eleni, Harry and 12 year old Lily come face to face with the loud, scruffy stray
who shatters their peace – and their plans! Of course, tender Lily is drawn to
the wild little dog boldly protecting three young pups, and it's in the wake of
their very first meeting that trust begins to take the place of fear. The dog,
Margarita, claims the family as her own and in turning their attentions to her
life on the streets, the plight of the island's cast-off animals comes into a
finely tuned focus. Wedged between the welcoming beauty of sun, sea and
antiquity and their ignorance of a culture just recently coming up for air after
years of oppression, is the family's love for all animals – and it's their
caring for the desperate strays that imposes an unexpected turn on their
blissful holiday. While Eleni, Harry and Lily come to lasting friendships with
locals and an intimacy with the peace and beauty of their island, they also come
face to face with some of the country's darker secrets. Both the light and the
dark get distilled down into one grand odyssey – several years along a Grecian
path cobbled with utter delight, worries and sorrows and ultimately, with
redemption. Along the way they fall deeply in love with little Margarita ...
with the sea and it's gorgeous island cloaked in myth and mystery ... and with
the people and their vibrant and enigmatic culture. In the end, favored by all
of Margarita's little graces, the beautifully revealing and sometimes painful
journey 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.

— Kit

— From Local Authors

Description


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.

About the Author


Eleanore 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 hooved creatures. She is also part of an award winning songwriting team with her husband Paul Kamm and has been a performing artist for 32 years. You are invited to their music site - 'Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald' at http: //www.kammmac.com as well as Eleanore's blog, 'Notes From An Endless Sea' at http: //eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com. She is presently working on her 2nd novel


Product Details
ISBN: 9780615640204
ISBN-10: 0615640206
Publisher: Notes from an Endless Sea
Publication Date: May 11th, 2012
Pages: 390
Language: English