Stray [NOOK Book]

Overview

Stray is a gritty, intense, yet surprisingly sweet novel that masterfully weaves together a substance abuse therapist, the addicts he treats, and the stray pets at the next door animal shelter. Based on a true setting near Detroit, the novel has been met with high praise and wonderful reviews.
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<br />After an alcohol-induced seizure during his father's funeral, Thomas Cleaves remains sober and becomes a therapist to help ...
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Overview

Stray is a gritty, intense, yet surprisingly sweet novel that masterfully weaves together a substance abuse therapist, the addicts he treats, and the stray pets at the next door animal shelter. Based on a true setting near Detroit, the novel has been met with high praise and wonderful reviews.
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<br />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. Tom gets married, his wife becomes pregnant, and he dreams of becoming the father his own father never was. But when his wife miscarries on the same day one of his heroin- addicted client dies of an overdose, Tom becomes convinced that the addicts he treats have infected her womb.
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<br />Lost and bitter after the miscarriage, Tom is in desperate need of a client who can give him some hope.
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<br />James White is one such client -- a newly orphaned alcoholic dead bent on drinking again until he gets discharged and finds himself rescuing lost strays at the next door animal shelter. It is here that he meets the mystical nurse Rachel who cleans cages, rescues strays, but then has the unfortunate duty of putting some to sleep with a lethal injection. Rescuing the throw-away pets of the city becomes his escape, and both his and Tom's salvation.
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<br />Stray will take you through the dog fighting dens and crack houses of Detroit. Experience the minds and hearts of addicts and those who would help them through a world where stray dogs and heroin addicts are killed by needles every day. Stray illustrates the universal longing in all of us as we wander through the aid stations of society looking for a 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 /&
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016663074
  • Publisher: mark matthews
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,083,212
  • File size: 226 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Matthews is a therapist who has worked in the behavioral-health field for nearly twenty years and has been writing for just as long. 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 and manages 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 two daughters. He blogs at Running, Writing, and Chasing the Dragon.
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<br />His third novel, a piece of dark fiction called ‘On the Lips of Children,’ is to be published by Books of the Dead Press in June of 2013.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Powerful and disturbing

    Most disturbing to those who have sufferred through the clenching jaws of withdrawel, yet with a flowing rhythm to the writing in which can be heards the sounds of heartbeats, seasons, and ocean tides. Some stories are predictable from the moment they are introduced, but even the ones you find yourself holding your breath for...please, let them be the ones that make it...shows the insanity of the inter-connectiveness of the world in which we live.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Highly Reecommend! DON'T PASS THIS ONE UP!!!

    I have to say this is a book not to be missed. The way rthe characters come together is great! Since I personally work with animal rescue, L particularly enjoyed the dogs in the story. The struggles with addiction are well described and may even be an inspiration to those in a personal.battle. It is true what they say 'Love is the answer'.

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    This book was very interesting; a great read!! (:

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