The Jade Rabbit

The Jade Rabbit

by Mark Matthews


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463618759
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About 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. This novel is based on a true setting in Inkster, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. 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 has run 13 marathons including Detroit, Boston, Chicago, and the New York City Marathon. 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. 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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The Jade Rabbit 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LadyT_TNT More than 1 year ago
The Jade Rabbit was recommended to me directly from the author, Mark Matthews. We have followed each other on Twitter since winning Little Century by Anna Keesey through a Friday Reads giveaway. My Twitter profile states that I enjoy books with strong female characters so he aptly plugged one of his books. I purchased The Jade Rabbit and met Janice Zhu Woodward. Jan is an interesting lady, struggling with a myriad of related issues. Abandoned at birth in China, she was adopted by an American couple. She counts herself as one of the lucky ones, yet every choice in her life is affected by her abandonment. She is a social worker and director of a shelter for youngsters in need of a safe place from various situations, believing saving "just one" will alleviate her guilt. Her American mother introduced her to marathon running and had passed away prior to page one. Jan isn't the only strong female character in this novel. We also meet Sharleen, a one-time/some-time resident of the shelter. Sharleen's subplot artfully integrates messages of family, strength and acceptance. The Jade Rabbit is rich with beautiful images and intricate writing. Chinese folklore and the harsh realities of various societies are presented in a humanistic way that avoid preachy politics or soapbox guilt. Sociological issues aside, Mr. Matthews weaves an incredible dynamic of family being more than blood relations; our "family" is created by souls connected in love and caring. While the main themes of family, love and acceptance are universal, I found the detailed descriptions of marathon training to be both tedious and intriguing. Those who have experienced the physical and emotional traumas and triumphs of running will connect this aspect of the characters' development at a far deeper level than those of us who only run when chased. Running suits Jan and her fellow non-running characters well, as they all are both running from and to something. The descriptions make me want to lace up my sneakers and see what it's all about while wondering why anyone would find the grueling physical treatment enjoyable. Read this book. Immerse yourself in the lives of these well-defined and inspiring characters. Then take a look at your own life and see where your marathon originates and leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago