WAITING FOR MAGIC. I am a huge Patricia MacLachlan fan and especially enjoy her short novels. I remember reading BABY aloud to a 3rd grade class years ago and that was the book that I realized how powerful read aloud conversations could be. BABY has been one of my all-time favorite books for years. And ALL THE PLACES TO LOVE is also still a favorite book of mine. So, I was excited to see a new title by Patricia MacLachlan. And I fell in love with it immediately-read it in one sitting!
This is the story of William and his family. In the first pages, William's father leaves. He leaves a note for William and William takes this to mean that this time, his father has left for good. Shortly after his father leaves, William's mother packs William and his 4 year old sister in the car and drives to the animal shelter to get a dog. They come home with 4 dogs and a cat. It is amazing how quickly you come to know the dogs and cat in the book. They each have their own personalities and they each bring something unique to the story....and to the family.
William has the hardest time with his father's decision and carries sadness and anger with him. But the whole family is grieving and the new pets help them to heal. One of my favorite lines in the book, is, "'This is a bit of magic, isn't it? All these nice dogs living with people who need them?' said Mama." But William doesn't believe in magic.
This is the story of family and healing and magic and love. It is a wonderful story with characters I will care about forever. And it is truly Patricia MacLachlan at her best. The writing is characteristic of MacLaclan's earlier books--I hear pieces that remind me of SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL and pieces that remind me of BABY. There is joy and sorrow all mixed together.
A perfect book really.