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The Jade Rabbit (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Mark Matthews

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An exceptional runner, Chinese Adoptee, and a Detroit social worker, The Jade Rabbit features a character you won't soon forget.

As director of a shelter for runaway and neglected youth, Janice Zhu Woodward gets pulled into the lives of the lost children of the Detroit streets. Fueled by angry parents, stories of ghosts who haunt the shelter's basement, and her own history of being left by a birth-mother who may have long forgotten her, Janice emulates her adoptive mother and becomes an avid, nearly obsessed marathoner. Training injuries, failed goals, and unexpected trauma test her will and take her near her breaking point.

When a mysterious girl with dreadlocks is abandoned at the shelter's front door, Janice becomes her surrogate mother and risks everything to save her. Only a miraculous, unforgettable marathon through the streets of Detroit can save them both.

** Second Edition - Newly Edited - December 2011 **

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Rachel Phillips, The Outdoor Athlete, October 11, 2011

Mark Matthews' The Jade Rabbit follows the life of Janice Zhu Woodward as she embarks upon a rigorous marathon-training program. Amidst the pressures and stress of her career as director of a shelter for runaway and neglected youth in Detroit, the psychological, spiritual and physical components of distance running present themselves in vivid detail.

Nicknamed The Jade Rabbit, Woodward relies upon running to give her mental strength, to come to conclusions, process complex problems and, as her adoptive mother describes it: "Running boils all the unnecessary garbage out and just the truths rise to the top." From the beginning to the end of her training runs, the complexities of Janice's career and personal life converge within her mind, becoming manageable problems and enabling her to cope with unforeseen, and often unwelcome, obstacles.

An interest in Detroit and knowledge of the city's history and present-day struggles make this an especially emotionally-charged novel and a must-read for anyone familiar with or curious about the psychological benefits associated with distance running.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 652 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 259 pages
  • Editeur : Wicked Run Press; Édition : 2nd (22 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005IQM8J2
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°778.202 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 a must-read i'm fortunate to have found 23 mai 2012
Par Peter Rosch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"We regret to report that the large majority of the population finds the howl of a universe in pain to be wonderful background noise while shopping, golfing, and watching football..."

In recent memory I've not read a book that captured the delicate balance between the dark forces of everyday life and the hope that keeps most of us going. Hope might not be the right word. I find it far easier to review a novel when it is seriously flawed, and extremely difficult to shower it with praise when it deserves it, as does The Jade Rabbit. I had zero expectations going into this story. It was a book I'd not have found on my own, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have had it put in front of me by whatever cosmic forces it took.

In my own efforts to depict the fragile zeitgeist of mankind, I find myself often relying on the absurd, or at least the quasi-unbelievable, to build the story around. Mark Matthews has left me envious, because in capturing the same he has told a completely realistic and beautifully crafted tale that exposes the best and worst in us all. The many underlying themes are woven together expertly, and as I continued my own mental marathon with Janice I couldn't help but wonder if the author himself had experienced all of this firsthand.

There will be some who pass on this book, and that's fine-it may very well not be for everyone. But I do hope that readers will find it when they need it, even if, like me, they didn't realize how desperately they did.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed and Recommended! 12 mai 2012
Par JSV - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
You can feel the depth of emotions that Janice feels as an adopted Chinese orphan. Chinese baby girls are often abandoned by their mothers, especially in rural areas, as they are considered to be more liabilities than assets in their families where boys are more desired. As an adult, Janice has become a social worker, in her job she tries to enact change in a very depressed area of Detroit working at a shelter where minority runaways are at great risk of repeating the cycle of poverty or falling into crime or drug addiction. Janice's adopted mother is an avid marathon runner and Janice takes up running as an avocation. This book is her story and how running helps her deal with all of the issues facing her, almost like a form of psychotherapy. A real and vivid portrayal of a young woman's life, her fears, her goals, her desires.
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Absolutley Beautiful Book 30 novembre 2011
Par Danica Page - Publié sur Amazon.com
This was a book that I never naturally would have picked up to read had I not been asked to review. And I would have been seriously deprived had I not done so. This book was so good.

This book was one that blurred the lines of fantasy and reality. It caused me to feel, to think, to ponder, and to dream. This book left an imprint on me. There are some books that after reading, you are forever changed--this was one of those books for me. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this.

Mark Matthew's writing style was beautiful and lyrical. I loved how he wrote this story. I loved his characters and the plot line.
This novel opened my eyes and allowed me to explore a world very different than my own. This book caused me to think about myself and my own life, any book that can do that is a great book.

This book follows the story of Janice, who works at Moonlight, a shelter for runaways. Janice is a Chinese woman who was adopted into an American family married to an African-American man named Randall. I loved both Randall and Janice.

This novel represented beliefs that on the surface were very different than my own; however, it also paralleled my own beliefs so clearly at the same time. That was partly what was so incredible about this book.

Definitely worth buying and reading--this novel comes highly recommended.
9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great character development, intriguing story line 1 février 2012
Par M. Lommer - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was initially interested in this story because I have daughters who were born in China and I also enjoy running. However, if you are not a runner, do not let it dissuade you from reading this book. This story is not about running. It is about a character (Janice, a Chinese-American adult adoptee) who runs, and in her running, finds a way through complicated events in her life. Although most of us who run will never aspire to a sub-3-hour Marathon, we do understand the drive, the description of the mental clarity that follows a long run, the anxious and unsatisfied feeling when having to take a few days off due to injury or illness. These details are part of what makes Janice a believable character, and help develop the reader's understanding of Janice's relationship with her mother, her feelings about her birthmother, and her own desire to have a child. An interesting aspect of the book is that, through Janice's thoughts and actions, the author brings up serious issues including racism, child abuse, unanticipated pregnancies, abortion, and infant abandonment, without seeming contrived or preachy in any way. The book is thought-provoking in that way.

My only critique of the book is the characters' frequent use of adjectives as adverbs, which I found distracting, and which seemed inappropriate for a character such as Janice, who possesses a graduate-level degree. (But that editorial oversight was not enough to warrant less than a 5-star review.)

My favorite parts of the book were the relationships: Janice's bonds with her mother, her best friend Cassandra (also an adoptee), her husband Randall, and Hailey & Sharleen, two girls at the shelter. They all felt like real people to me, and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next and how each character would deal with the challenges presented to them. The story was interesting, such that I read it in less than a week, and the ending was satisfying. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Run With It! 24 octobre 2012
Par Liz Ferro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Jade Rabbit by Mark Matthews is a story that resonates with me on many levels. Much like Janice, the book's protagonist, I too was abandoned by my birth-mother and then adopted; I work with at-risk youth; and I too find joy and empowerment through running. Janice, however, was born in another country, whereas, most of the time as a child I simply felt like an alien.
Matthews does an incredible job telling the story in a female "voice." Janice is a very real character and I found myself thinking about her when I wasn't reading the book. Her thoughts and concerns regarding her family (and starting a family), job, friends, and running are told in a way that is easy to relate to and makes you want her to succeed in everything she does.
Janice emulates her mother by becoming a social worker and a marathon runner. To be either of these things you must have great heart, dedication and passion. Throughout the story the reader can actually feel the compassion and dedication that Janice has in both arenas, almost to a fault, and her own detriment.
As the director of a Crisis Shelter, there is always the chance of literally taking your work home with you, which she does. Since I am the director of a non-profit that helps girls become empowered through running, I empathized with Janice as she struggled between doing what she needed to do to help a child, and keeping the boundaries set forth by her position at the shelter intact. It's difficult not to give a little extra of yourself to the kids that really need it. Showing a child who is in survival mode, and needs something positive in her life, that you believe in them helps them gain the strength they need to believe in themselves. Running is the perfect sport to accomplish this, as the author so beautifully depicts in the pages of The Jade Rabbit.
As the Author of the book, Finish Line Feeling, I feel Matthews sums up this sentiment in a wonderful exchange between Janice and her young friend:
"But why do you do this marathon thing anyway?
"There are so many reasons," I said. "For one, I like to test myself by putting up challenges before me. It forces me to find strength in my body that otherwise would never be needed. These things would stay inside me, wilt and die. The finish line is just a new starting line. If you choose to jump in, you'll see. Amazing things can happen. It's like going down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard, and when you get to the end, he shows you things you've had inside all along."
The Jade Rabbit is a tale that runners and non-runners alike will want to run with until, breathlessly, they reach the finish.[...]
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