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All The Little Graces ~ The Book

artwork by Wendy Spratt

I am eternally thankful to everyone who participated in funding the book’s Kickstarter Campaign, enabling it to go to print, to review, to promotion and to benefit the animals more immediately than paltry eBook royalties allow!  I specifically want to thank the following folks for their generous donations …

Rhiannon Redican, Brant and Wendy Dyer, Mary Eaton Fairfield, Shawn Garvey and Kimberly Durso,  Ann and Paul Schatzkin, Michael Zak, Rev. Barbara Jarrell and Lee Osborne.

The book is available at  Sammie’s Friends, a no kill shelter and rescue in Grass Valley, CA and the Skiathos Dog Shelter, the sanctuary run by living, breathing angels, on the island of Skiathos, Greece and if you purchase your copy at either shelter, ALL of the proceeds of that sale will go to benefit the animals there.  A percentage of any online sales will benefit both shelters.

‘All The Little Graces’ is now available in paperback at Eleanore’s Createspace site, at Amazon and Grass Valley and Nevada City, CA bookstores.  If you would like to see it in your local bookstore, let Eleanore know. It is also an e-book available at Amazon and AmazonUK for Kindle/Fire, iTunes for iPad/iPhone, Barnes & Noble for Nook, Sony for Reader, Kobo for Tablets … If you enjoy what you read, please do me a great favor and go back to review it when you are done!

In gratitude.  And, with thanks to Margarita …  (and my heart of hearts, no longer with us, Djuna Cupcake.)

margarita at sunset

All the Little Graces is my first novel – it is as finished and sculpted and spit polished and sanded down as fine as can be for me to be able to say …. I’m Done … but  it percolated and brewed and stewed for 10 years before it ever even whispered it’s first words to me!
I hope for it to be advocacy for the needy animals of the world, working to bring the plight of the voiceless creatures we humans domesticated so long ago to the fore – perhaps it can encourage readers to do what they can where they live, knowing that Margarita, my little stray, and all of the feral but so willing cats and dogs of the Greek isles are simply archetypes for those creatures in need of compassion the world over. If we humans can’t figure out how to treat the voiceless with dignity and caring, we’ll never come know peace.

All The Little Graces is a story of redemption; a colorful tapestry reflecting the lives of a fisherman, a Greek island and her sea, locals and travelers and a lively young girl … all stitched together by a single thread, a homely little stray dog.

Set on an Aegean isle in the early 1990’s, All the Little Graces is the Elysian odyssey of a street dog and the American family she adopts.  Margarita, the little stray, shatters the peace at the very beginnings of the family’s four month long holiday, drawing the attentions of  12 year old Lily, who hears only a mysterious Siren song in the dog’s incessant barking.  What follows in the wake of their first encounter is a deeply revealing and sometimes painful journey toward recognizing and rectifying the plight of the island’s stray animals. From knowing and caring for Margarita, Lily and her parents, Eleni and Harry, are drawn into island life and subsequently into the hearts of a village … into the hearts of  the colorful but haunted fisherman, Vassili, and Popi the artist – and of the elders who line the bougainvillea draped alleyways in the neighborhoods that become home …

This testament to compassion follows Margarita through the olive orchards and over sea to sun drenched beaches, it follows Vassili through his pain into the light of his peace and it follows the family on an educational journey pieced together by their caring for the little dog.  Through their love of the island, and the lessons in humanity and humility learned from an enigmatic culture, they learn how they can best help bring it’s people and the neglected animals together.  Surrounded by the endless sea, the intense peace and the timeless magic that is Greece, All The Little Graces bears witness to goodness brought to light by all of the stories and all of the hearts drawn together by little Margarita. Eventually, it’s through those stories and her tender little graces that hopeful changes begin to emerge from the shadows as people gain a new and kinder understanding about the unwanted, homeless animals of Greece’s streets.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Breelyn MacDonald permalink
    February 25, 2011 6:54 pm

    Cool mom!! The page looks good! Let’s get that book out there!! 🙂

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  2. Paul Kamm permalink
    February 26, 2011 3:26 am

    I am grateful for this brave woman who cares so much for the many who we never see. Some of our domesticated friends are lucky enough to spend cold winter nights curled up with caring ‘parents’. The ones who are not, what of them?

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  3. Mary Eaton Fairfield permalink
    March 26, 2011 12:30 pm

    I can’t wait to have a copy of All the Little Graces in my hands! Thank you, Eleanore, for bringing this loving story to us.

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  4. cindy gilmore permalink
    March 26, 2011 4:16 pm

    now that i am fully engaged and enticed, i can’t wait to read “all the little graces”!
    congratulations eleanore!

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  5. Nora Heiber permalink
    March 28, 2011 4:48 am

    If your novel gives us even a fraction of the warmth and eloquence presented in this synopsis, then we are all in for a soulful, inspiring treat. Can’t wait to read more. I am prepared to be very moved.

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  6. Nancy Scanlan permalink
    April 9, 2011 8:15 pm

    So nice to see you shedding light on such a dark and sad subject!
    Wishing you the best of luck on publishing your book.
    I will look forward to reading more~

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  7. Anonymous permalink
    April 14, 2011 4:07 am

    Yay Eleanore! ❤

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  8. Cindi Buzzell permalink
    September 15, 2011 1:39 pm

    This is so lovely my dear friend, the writings on these pages are so “YOU” so ELEANORE ELEQUENT (SP)….THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOU WITH US:-)

    Blessings dear friend!
    Cindi

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  9. Paul Kamm permalink
    February 7, 2012 12:15 pm

    ‘All The Little Graces’ is an e-book…yahooooo!! Congratulations!
    Paul

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  10. Martha Turner permalink
    February 14, 2012 10:19 pm

    Hi Eleanore
    I am interested in reading your ebook but don’t seem to find a way to order it and download it…… Sure did love the treehouse concert.
    please advise. Am I missing something on this page?
    Thank you,
    Martha

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    • February 14, 2012 11:26 pm

      Hi Martha
      Well, I suppose I had better put the info on this page!! Thank you for the reminder! Where you get the download online depends upon what reader you have …. Amazon.com for Kindle/Fire and kindle for mac and pc, iTunes for iPad/iPhone, BarnesandNoble.com for Nook, Sony.com for the Reader, Kobo.com for android tablets … If you can’t find what you are looking for, let me know. Thanks again! be well – Eleanore

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  11. nina permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:51 pm

    nina
    so happy you finished, can’t wait to read trying to download now!
    heard you guys on kvmr tonite it was nice hope all is well
    lol nina ( p.ville)

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    • February 16, 2012 1:14 am

      Nina, good to hear from you, and thank you so much! I hope all is well with you and that our paths cross again before too much time passes.

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  12. September 18, 2012 12:14 am

    I live in the Aegean for almost 14 years, on the island of Santorini, and come from another island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus. Your article touched my heart, brought a lump to my throat, and many memories of all the strays that have crossed my path both here in Greece and to a lesser extent in Cyprus. We have a huge problem here – and the old mentality of evaluating an animal’s worth by what it can do for humans still exists. Many of the strays you saw used to have homes, but when the owners decided they were an ‘inconvenience’ dumped them on the streets to fend for themselves. These animals breed more strays, and thus the army of unwanted souls was born …

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    • September 18, 2012 10:54 am

      Joanna, thank you so much for commenting! Though I’ve been spending time, yearly, in Greece for 26 years I’ve yet to make it to Santorini! Yes, the heartbreak you speak of, regarding the strays of Greece, continues to be a huge problem. This is what my book, ‘All The Little Graces’ is about and I hope for it to find it’s way into the world to be advocacy for them, and all of the voiceless ones wherever they may be. You might appreciate another of my blog posts … written lovingly through my love for ‘our’ island, Skiathos, but addressing the voiceless ones –
      https://eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/7-prisoner-of-hope/
      and this
      https://eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/the-hard-bits/
      Again, thank you! Please whisper my endearing love to your beautiful Aegean Sea and tell her that I will see her again, soon! Eleanore

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  13. September 18, 2012 12:38 am

    Just a quick note re: 14 years : 12 years in Santorini + 2 years in Athens and Thessaloniki. The city dwellers of Greece are more caring for street animals. They put down food, inoculate them, spay them and each neighbourhood has its’ ‘resident’ strays. A friend of mine in Athens is in love with cats. He told me a story about the whole of his apartment block adopting a black cat that was living under parked cars in the road below. The cat is now living in the lap of luxury in his house – happy end.

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    • September 18, 2012 11:03 am

      Yes! I’ve seen the caring at work in Athens … many dogs with collars, suggesting that they are looked after, though they live on the streets … food stations for the street cats … and there seem to be many Sanctuaries and Rescue organizations at work, sterilizing and doctoring the needy ones. I was there with a friend a few years ago and tended to a street dog that had been mildly poisoned. Not fatally. But as I was giving it a homeopathic remedy called ‘Rescue Remedy’ and trying to get some water into it we were joined not only by 6 young men and women who gathered around, tears in their eyes and much caring in their hearts, but by 2 policemen who went off to find – and then brought back – more water AND some milk for the dog. We all spent a long time there, hands and hearts concentrated on willing the dog’s spirit to strengthen … the dog gained strength and came back to some consciousness. We all, including the policemen, hugged and wept. Amazingly, when I took my friend to the Acropolis early the next morning, there at the bottom of the steps was the same dog! Same collar, same scars, same color. Same dog. He’d made it from Ermou Street. He was weak, but alive and aware and seeming to be there to let us know all was well. We wept and laughed. He wagged his tail. There is hope..

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      • September 18, 2012 12:49 pm

        Amazing .. they’re tough, these street dogs. And as much cruelty as there is, there is so much love. I think I have stories to share with you. And I will. I’ll read the posts you linked for me during the next few of days.

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  14. January 20, 2016 12:54 pm

    Hello Eleanore, I enjoyed reading your story here. Thanks for your interests in Skiathos and the Animal Shelters. You may know my brother Vasilis Alekos Korallis who has written a book “Walks of Skiathos Island” available on http://www.greekislandskiathos.com Visit and enjoy my website where I try to bring out the beauty of Skiathos, Greece. I am also on facebook. Toula Tsafos

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    • January 30, 2016 7:17 pm

      Thank you, Toula. I do know Vasilis! I see him every year when I visit Skiathos – he is a fixture of the town!

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