Monday, July 29, 2013

Book: Furry Paw, Middle Claw, A Novel By Barry Jackson



While making the rounds reading the many blogs I follow, I had happened upon a review of the book: Furry Paw, Middle Claw, A Novel By Barry Jackson. Admittedly I read PART of the review. Those who know me well, know that whenever I am in the midst of reading a book, about to read a book, or WANT to read a book, I will NOT read someone else's review in its entirety,  because I don't want their thoughts and opinions rattling around in my brain. What I DID know was that I HAD an intense desire to read this book!

I was delighted when the opportunity to read Furry Paw, Middle Claw presented itself, and I will tell you this, my sixth sense was right on target. My anticipation was NOT for naught. This book is a MUST READ.

I settled down to read it this past Friday night. IT HOOKED ME TWO PAGES IN. I had turned to my husband, a voracious reader, and said "you MUST read this book, you are going to love it." Let me say it again, that was TWO PAGES IN. A feeling of delight rushed through me, I was swept away by the sardonic, insightful, humorous  and lyrical writing style of Author Barry Jackson. I grabbed a fresh cup of coffee, put my feet up and made myself comfortable. I KNEW I was going to read this book until I finished it, in ONE night.

From Turn the Page Publishing: If you have ever loved, shed a tear or triumphed over heartbreak, you will identify with this story. Furry Paw, Middle Claw (released June of 2013), intertwines humor, spirituality and psychological insight that will offer readers a glimpse into their own hearts and souls.

Dean Parker is the narrator who leaves his loveless childhood in the South.

There were parallels in Dean's upbringing that rang true with my own. I felt as if someone had read certain parts of my heart and soul and published it in a book. In the interest of privacy in reference to my OWN life,  I will not go into further detail, other than to say I KNOW the feeling of being unwanted, not being "good enough", being told painful things as a child that remain with you forever. Let's leave it at THAT.

Like Dean, I had a grandmother (and in my case a father) who DID love me unconditionally. I feel that it was the genuine love that Dean's grandmother had for him that paved the way for what was to be a most rewarding and loving relationship with Melissa, whom he meets in Manhattan where he moved as an adult.

Melissa comes with "baggage" that Dean had NOT planned on. "An entourage of CATS!"

From Turn the Page Publishing: Dean struggles to assert his dominance amidst the furry chaos, but the cats aim their middle claws at Dean and challenge him for the title of "King Cat." When son, Craig, is diagnosed with autism, Dean observes the cats doing what no human can do-the cats pierce the veil of autism. Dean's grudging acceptance of the cats turns to wonder and gratitude as they become the glue holding the family together.

Furry Paw, Middle Claw beautifully describes the  enormous power that cats have over us. How their mere presence acts as a healing balm. Those who love and live with cats understand this. Simply stroking their fur, listening to them purr, and feeling their warmth, brings more comfort than one could ever hope to imagine.

It is important to know that this book "is inspired by TRUE events". It will cause all who read it to reflect on their own lives, it will make you laugh, it WILL make you cry. For me, it brought back some painful memories, the pain of parts of my childhood and the pain of losing a beloved cat, but I took comfort in reading the pages of this gem, knowing that SOMEONE out there understands!

We all have times in our lives where we are sailing along on smooth water, and just when you think you have it all "right", life throws you  curve balls. In the case of Author Barry Jackson and MANY of us, it isn't a curve ball we are "fielding", we are avoiding the powerful gesticulation of the "middle claw." That "middle claw" of life that says "F--- you! I'm gonna get ya." If we are lucky enough, we just might get to point it right back...in peace, self-understanding and the sense of victory that one feels when conquering the challenges that life puts in our way.

I give Furry Paw, Middle Claw, a Novel by Barry Jackson,  FOUR PAWS UP.....and there is NO WAY I would think of using that "middle claw."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Despite the painful life experiences that served as the inspiration for this novel. Barry Jackson crams as much into life as possible and sees humor in everything. Barry is a CPA who served as Chief Operating Officer of several New York City law firms. This is his first work of fiction. Barry lives in Morristown, New Jersey, with his wife and son....and four cats.

ISBN 978-1-938501-10-4




I was not paid for this review. I was sent a copy of Furry Paw, Middle Claw for review purposes only.
 All opinions are my own.

43 comments:

  1. Ooh Caren, you are making my TBR pile bigger than it already is!

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  2. This sounds wonderful...the kind of can't-put-it-down wonderful that will stay with you. It's absolutely on our list!
    : )

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  3. Sounds like a great read..i can already relate..on many levels..there is triumph to be had over childhood baggage...I find most people who have had unpleasant childhoods tend to prefer the company of animals..they feel a kinship with the innocence and the need for basic love and understanding..it would actually be interesting to survey pet owners and compare childhoods!!
    Having said that I must put this on my to read list..Have a great day swet ones hugs Fozziemum

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    1. Fozziemum I think you are exactly correct. On the money. That would make for a most interesting survey AND a book! (((((hugs)))) back at ya!

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  4. Another good read to put on our to read list. Thank you. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. you are most welcome Molly! You have a marvelous Monday too!

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  5. Love that this book totally spoke to you, Caren! Thanks for the fab review! Take care
    x

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  6. Great review and it sure sounds like a super book to read. We will have to start saving up our green papers. Hope all of you have a great day.

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    1. Marg thank you so much! We hope that you have a great day too!

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  7. What a wonderful book review...I love all the detail you give a potential reader. You're the BEST. Sounds like a really great read.

    Pam (and Sam)

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    1. Oh Pam thank you!! Funny you said that. Lenny said that this review was far to "personal" I didn't agree. Thank you so much for your kind words, they made my day! It IS a great read!

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  8. Great review. That sounds like a really interesting read to put in the head peep's queue.

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    1. thanks so much! It is completely marvelous!

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  9. Wow! My husband is more of a book reader than I am but you have me convinced I want to read this too...and I can't wait to get it for Jon to read too!

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    1. Amelia with the little bit that I know and have observed about you, I am telling you, you will LOVE this book! Let me know!

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  10. Great review, Caren. I've had a copy of this book for a while, and after reading your review, I'll move it up in my pile!

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    1. Ingrid thanks so much! I am CERTAIN that you are going to LOVE IT!

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  11. Yes! I love reading and it sounds like this book is a MUST MUST MUST read! Thanks Caren and of course Cody! Will definitely have to add this to our list! :-)

    Thank you!

    Jessica, the dogs and cats!

    www.mydogdiaries1.blogspot.com
    www.mycatdiaries1.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi jessica and thanks!! Cody, Dakota and I are all 3 following BOTH of your blogs, hope you will do the same!
      Love from all of us!

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  12. Oh my. You made this one sound pretty darn good. And I love the title.

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    1. Sharon thanks so much! I love the title too :)

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  13. Oh Wow! I HAVE to read this book!
    Nellie's Mom

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  14. another one to add to my list,xx Rachel

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  15. That sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the review!

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  16. That sounds just terrific and how could you not love that title!

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  17. Oh, the mom is gonna hafta get this one for sure!

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  18. Sounds like an interesting read. Have a great day.

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  19. Whoa. Alright, I'm sold ... I am going to have to read this book for sure! :)

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  20. Sounds like a purrfect book. Thanks for the review.
    Sue B

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  21. Thanks for the review. I know I will want to read this one. There was NO unconditional love in my house growing up or after I became an adult. My grandparents war a Godsend, and I am grateful everyday that I had them in my life! Janet

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    1. Oh Janet I am SO SO SORRY!!! You will love this. Except for my Dad and my Grandmother, it was the same for me. (and still is with my mother)...sending you healing ((((hugs))))

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  22. It sounds like a beautiful book. My human added it to her wishlist.
    Thanks for this beautiful review!
    Purrs

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