Dead Cats: And Other Reflections On Parenthood

Dead Cats: And Other Reflections On Parenthood

by Jesse McKinnell


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Joel Peterson's rock bottom is deeper and darker than he ever imagined, but with the help of the ghost of Kurt Cobain he hatches a plan to capture the attention of his estranged family and reclaim his life.

Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood is a dark comedy that tracks the descent of Peterson, a once successful dentist and proud member of the upper middle-class as he falls into a spiral of drugs and vanity. When a car crash leaves him battered and homeless, he finds comfort in the restless lost soul of Cobain. Together, the two cut a path across southern Maine, chasing the meaning in their lives, desperately trying to be the men they expected to become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692101858
Publisher: Shine Box Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jesse McKinnell grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Maine as soon as he knew better. On July 4, 2015 he had a dream about a dentist with a passion for writing sitcoms. Somehow, Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood was the result. It is his first novel.

Jesse McKinnell was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Booklife Prize.

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JBronder More than 1 year ago
Joel Peterson is a dentist in a downward spiral. His wife has kicked him out to the guest house out back and his drug addiction keeps piling bad decision on bad decision. A court hearing goes wrong and then an accident with his Porsche essential seals the deal. Joel finds himself homeless but not alone as the ghost of Kurt Cobain helps him to regain his former life. There is a saying that the only place you can go from the bottom is up. In Joel Peterson’s case that is not true, he continues to keep going deeper and deeper down. Joel is a horrible person and I couldn’t stand him in the beginning of the story, especially the incident with the family cat. But as the story progressed and the more I laughed at the things Joel encountered, the more I really wanted the best for him. This is a dark comedy as Joel finds himself in strange places with odd things happening around him. This is a dark comedy about the things in life that we value more than the things that are truly important. This is a great read and I recommend checking it out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.