Still waters run deep. Barry Jackson was born in the south and made his way to Manhattan, where he lived for 20 years.Despite painful life experiences that served as the inspiration for this novel,Barry crams as much into life as possible and sees the humor in everything. Barry is a CPA who was Chief Operating Officer of New York City law firms. He is Past President of the Association of Legal Administrators, and is Principal on Best Practices in Legal Management, published by the NY State Bar.
Furry Paw, Middle Claw: A Novelby Barry Jackson
From a cold, loveless childhood in the south, Dean finds sanctuary in his well-ordered brownstone in Manhattan. Single and successful, his life is shaken to the core when he meets soul mate, Melissa. But not because he can't take his eyes off of her, or because they're both products of dysfunctional families, but because Melissa's baggage contains fur and paws. Four cats enter Dean's life, nicking and clawing to stay number 1 in Melissa's heart. Dean maintains his sense of humor until his heart bursts when their two-year-old son,Craig, is diagnosed with autism. Stricken, Dean's past, present, and future collide when the world rejects his son. As Craig's need for human contact slips away, Melissa and Dean watch in awe as the cats reach through the veil of autism and touch Craig's heart. These unlikely furry, spiritual guides pierce Dean's defenses allowing him to see light, to see the other side of himself, and the reason he was put on the planet.
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Scratch beneath the surface of any ‘normal-looking’ family set-up and you will quickly discover a façade that crumbles under scrutiny. So, in Barry Jackson’s novel, loosely based on his own personal, painful, experiences, the reader rides out the waves of parental neglect and abuse, verbal, psychological and emotional, which grind down the young boy Dean. A brief respite of staying with his grandmother for a couple of months during the summer and knowing, for the first time in his life, what it is like to be loved is short-lived as she suffers a stroke. Later, living in his own apartment, successful in his field of employment, he meets Melissa who pours out her love on her feline companions, a scarred victim also, of dysfunctional parents. Gradually, despite his aversion to cats, especially Melissa’s four cats, who all seem hell-bent on giving him the ‘middle claw’, they fall in love and move in together. Dean finds it hard to accept life in his apartment with Melissa and her cats and initially tries to find ways that he might be able to get rid of them. Wanting her attention for himself he can’t accept that she loves him AND the cats. Over time they get married and have a son, who is eventually diagnosed with autism. It is then that Dean realises just how much the cats mean to his son, Craig, as he opens up to them. They protect him, and seem to understand that he needs them. Craig now is able to communicate with his own parents and the cats have been instrumental in his progress. During the years other cats find their way into their home and hearts, after the loss of the original four, and Dean understands their personalities and characteristics are part of who they are and he realises just how much he actually loves and respects each feline character who have shared their lives so far. There are parental losses too but throughout all the turbulence that each dysfunctional parent tries to rain down on them, they remain strong in their love for each other and their marriage. This book proves that you can overcome a poor start in life, that you can find love and have a family and not repeat the behaviour of your parents. Barry’s writing style is superb, with the most lyrical and beautiful poetic descriptions of life just after the war in America, and this sublime prose continues throughout the book. I didn’t want the book to end and I do hope that he writes more.
Cloudripple sat by herself, thinking. "Why?" She whispered quietly, staring at her paws. "Why does something bad have to happen after something even remotely good?" She had really no friends that she could talk to anymore; she hadn't seen Dreamlily in moons; Velvetstar was far too busy; Amberspirit was missing; and Lilywolf didn't even remember her! Tears came to her eyes as she remembered how fearful Lilywolf had looked when she didnt recognize her. Sighing, Cloudripple shoved the memory aside and fixed her nest; it had been torn apart from a moon's worth of restless dreams.
Gtg, bbl. Tonight probs... ~Rosie &hearts~
The bloodclan leader padded in. "I have a message from lilywolfs lives. She says she loves her kits, velvetstar stay strong, and shes watching over the clan."
Rainpaw needs a mentor. c: