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The Jade Rabbit (English Edition) par [Matthews, Mark]
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Longueur : 259 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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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
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.0 étoiles sur 5 1 commentaire client
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°1.056.611 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)
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Had a lot of trouble getting into the story, because I couldn't associate with the main character who I found a little two-dimensional.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a must-read i'm fortunate to have found 23 mai 2012
Par Peter Rosch - Publié sur
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"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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed and Recommended! 12 mai 2012
Par JSV - Publié sur
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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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly Enjoyed The Jade Rabbit 27 mai 2015
Par Keith P McGorisk - Publié sur
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Multiple story lines in here and some very interesting characters. The books is written about Janice, a runner who is an adopted Asian woman, an adult, who works with trouble youths. Matthews does a solid job of developing both the plot and the characters to where you feel as though you know the characters personally and you feel both sympathy and empathy for them over the course of the book.

His descriptions about running are outstanding. Also, he does a terrific job with his multi-cultured female perspective throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You don't have to be a runner to love this one! 8 février 2013
Par jeschrumpf - Publié sur
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This book was referred to me by a friend who is a runner. She loved the book and our mutual love of running brought me to it. But this is not a running book. This is a complete experience in love, children, doing the right thing and it ends with a nifty bit of a surprise ending.

You can tell that the writer has a vast emotional attachment to the subject and it shows on every page. This will be a movie someday. Make sure you read it before you see it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lot more here than first meets the eye 11 février 2014
Par albertagirl - Publié sur
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This is a beautifully written book that deals with international adoption and the feelings of the main character, who, despite having a wonderful adoptive Mom & Dad, struggles with the same "whys" as many other adoptees. Also has an intriguing sub-plot related to her work, and an interesting back-story about marathon runners-in-training.

Lots going on here, but this is not a fast-moving adventure story. This book is more character-driven, and flows through the story as time flows through the lives of the characters. Not my usual cup of tea, I'll admit; but I very much liked it. At least 4*, IMO.
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