Stray

Stray

3.5 11
by Mark Matthews
     
 

SECOND EDITION
(Newly Edited as of October 2011)

Stray traces the harrowing paths of addicts at the West Oaks treatment center, the stray pets at the next door animal shelter, and the caregivers who serve them both.

After an alcohol-induced seizure during his father's funeral, Thomas Cleaves remains sober and becomes a therapist to help others just like him

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SECOND EDITION
(Newly Edited as of October 2011)

Stray traces the harrowing paths of addicts at the West Oaks treatment center, the stray pets at the next door animal shelter, and the caregivers who serve them both.

After an alcohol-induced seizure during his father's funeral, Thomas Cleaves remains sober and becomes a therapist to help others just like him recover from their addiction. After trying to start a family, his wife has a miscarriage on the same day a client of his dies from an overdose, and he fears that the addicts he treats must have infected her womb.

When his wife becomes pregnant again, and the sickness and despair of his clients worsen, Tom becomes terrified and is in desperate need of a client to give him some hope.

James White is one such client. James is a newly orphaned alcoholic dead bent on drinking again until he finds a job at the Argos animal shelter. It is here that he meets the mystical Rachel who rescues strays, cleans cages, but has the unfortunate duty of putting some to sleep by lethal injection. Can James find a reason to live by helping her rescue the throw-away pets of the city?

The lives of Tom and James, along with some incredibly vivid characters from the streets of Detroit, are intricately woven together, creating a novel that has received excellent reviews and is certain to be remembered. A gritty novel with an edge yet surprisingly gentle and sweet, Stray illustrates the universal longing in all of us as we look for a safe place that feels like home.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Rachelle U
Gritty, Raw, and thought provoking. If you want a fluff book about cute dogs or a therapist sleeping with his client, go buy another book. The author wants you to see into a world that most of us won't see. He does it with reality as a guide. It was embarrassing, hurtful, desperate, dark, helpless, and best of all hopeful and redeeming.
goodreads - Sacha Scoblic
Sacha Scoblic, author of "Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety"<br /><br />Stray is about addiction, yes. But mostly it is about relationships and the bonds that keep us all from going astray. Whether it's your wife or a hardscrabble mutt on the side of the highway, it's the connections to other creatures in the world that give us our forever homes. The writing here is clean, vivid, and wildly empathetic to all the beasties who take shelter in communal spaces. Stray sings.<br /><br /&

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463554095
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Meet the Author

Mark Matthews is a therapist who has treated addicts and alcoholics for nearly 20 years. His first novel, Stray, is based on experiences working in a treatment center with an animal shelter right next door within barking distance. He is an avid marathoner, and his second novel, The Jade Rabbit, is the story of a Chinese adoptee who runs marathons to cope with her history of trauma and her struggles to save youth in a Detroit area runaway shelter. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a licensed professional counselor, and lives near Detroit with his wife and 2 daughters.

Look for his next novel, On The Lips of All Children, coming April 2013.

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