Mark Matthews Stray

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Therapist Tomas Cleaves is many years sober from his addiction but is now losing his mind. There are voices in his head and the occasional seizure, and then his wife has a miscarriage on the same day his client dies of a heroin overdose. Tom becomes certain that the addicts he treats must have infected the womb of his wife.

Lost and bitter after the miscarriage, Tom is in desperate need of a client who can give him some hope.

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 has the unfortunate duty of putting some to sleep with a lethal injection. Can James find a reason to live by rescuing the throw-away pets of the city? 

A gritty novel with an edge yet surprisingly gentle and sweet, Stray will take you through the dog fighting dens and crack houses of Detroit where Stray souls can find connections in the most unusual of places.

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"Heroin Addict" cover art provided by actor, director, and artist David Beatty.

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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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