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Chapter One: Janey by [Catherine, Mary]
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About the Author

Mary Catherine was the first child born to Jimmy and Peg Owens and the 48th grandchild on her father's side. She grew up in Charlestown, Massachusetts alongside her brother James Michael (Jim), her almost brother Jimmy B. (kinda long story there, but yes, seriously) and many other foster children that her parents took in over the years and whose names she couldn't even begin to remember at this point in life, never mind list, as there were more than 600 of them. She also grew up amongst many, many cousins and close friends. 

From a young age, she knew that she was destined for bigger things - as she regularly got her ass kicked and was a firm believer in karma. Her ass kickers (before they morphed into ass kickees) were both the foster kids that lived at her house and the Townie children who referred to the foster kids as her parents' "rent-a-kids." Outside of that, life was grand.

The author is known as 'Mary Catherine' only by those who knew her back then. She used to despise the name, but has grown to miss it. And as this book is about memories (real and imagined), she felt it fitting to use that name here. She kind of likes it now. As a pen name only.

These days, she lives just outside of San Francisco with her ex-Merchant Marine Captain husband, Tim, her fantastic beyond imagination son, Tadhg, and numerous pets. And she writes "to make you see" - but you can learn more about that on her website.

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  • File Size: 96 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ITBHN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janey is not someone most people would go out of their way to say hello to. Safe to say, some might go out of their way to stay away from her. Everyone has saw a girl like Janey, walking down the street, in line at the grocery store, waiting for the bus, and (consciously or not) everyone has passed judgment on her. She looks like a dopehead. She should wash her hair. Where are her parents? Rarely does anyone stop to think of her circumstances, that her situation may not be all her fault. When you read Chapter One: Janey, you will look at this girl differently.

Janey lives with her brothers, Michael and Dennis. She may not tell them, but they are her world. She loves them fiercely and has fought against the odds to keep them close to her. Living with Janey and the boys is the tough-loving Nana Audrey. She is a leathered, tough as nails senior that lives her life as she pleases, younger than her sixty-eight years. By contrast, Janey is much older than her age. Their common factor is their love of their family and a fear of failing it. Strangled by drug addiction, Janey feels she has already failed. Audrey knows better and is intent on showing Janey what a strong young woman she actually is.

Mary Catherine has given us a look into a family that many of us may not be familiar with in a strong, unapologetic voice and challenges the reader to see it for the sum of its parts, not simply to point out the flaws of its fractured members. It is a family on the edge of destruction, but not beyond hope. I found myself looking for Chapter Two, wishing to travel a little further with Janey, hoping to see the Phoenix rise from the ashes. Mary Catherine has a wonderful platform from which to expand her story into a full novel and I will be keeping a close eye out for it. You should too.
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Brilliantly written, emotionally captivating. The story of Janey is compelling and provoking. I love how conflicted the character is, you feel as if she wants to do the right thing, but addiction and anger fuel her. You can see how she loves her brothers and respects her grandmother despite the words she uses with the older relative. Loved every word of this story.
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Those who grew up in or near Charlestown, MA will appreciate Catherine's knowledge of the area, and the way it influences how she paints Janey's life and attitude. Her writing style is in-your-face, yet accessible, and the story demands attention. From the first paragraph she draws you in and doesn't let up for a second, weaving together character details, isolated moments, and plot points expertly. Reaching the end will have you screaming, "Where is Chapter Two?!"
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"Tough chick" is certainly a great description of Janey, and luckily she has a tough chick stepping in to kick her in the butt and steer her in the right direction (hopefully!). What an awesome Chapter One. Real life specific details help you to clearly visualize the story. I couldn't put it down and definitely can't wait for more. I'll certainly be purchasing additional chapters as they come (hopefully quickly!). I wholeheartedly recommend!
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Janey's chapter pulled me in right away and held me hostage a bit - unfortunately left me wanting more. With a mixture of drama, humor and in-your-face reality, I felt as if I knew these characters personally and could relate to them easily. Janey fights her demons with hidden determination enough to amount to a hardy kick in face all the while staring into her own personal hell. We get our first glimpse of her spirit as she's about to hop a train, a scene that had me rooting for her to smash someone's face! I highly recommend this chapter in the upcoming Chapter One and look forward to getting my hands on the entire novel!
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