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A touching, poignant, and empowering journey of discovery-and self-discovery, Howard's debut is full of surprises and universal truths. From a sobering accounting of death to the fear and unsettling circumstance of leaving everything familiar behind to the challenge of crossing Lake Pontchartrain, dealing with the spirit of Jack, and seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, this middle-aged bildungsroman clarifies for Howard her life's path. In the end she comes to terms with her deep love for Jack despite the abuse that was a part of their relationship, emerging stronger and well-defined.
Weaving an emotionally charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, Howard's odyssey is full of heart and a budding fearlessness. Powerfully written and eloquently understated, Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is the most surprising and satisfying memoir in recent memory.
Judy Howard started grooming dogs in her parents' basement at the age of eleven and has continued that work ever since. She was inspired after the death of her husband to pursue writing, something she had always wanted to try. Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is her first novel. Howard resides in Sun City, California.
Coast to Coast with A Cat and A Ghost
New book brings readers along as author drives motor home across country to new stage of her life
"Coast to Coast with A Cat and A Ghost" by Judy Howard follows author's cross-country journey and her struggle with loss
SUN CITY, Calif. - "Coast to Coast with A Cat and A Ghost" (ISBN 1461153786), an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery aaccompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
"The book is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement," says Howard. "It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery."
Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the reader. She looks to take the readers on a ride into her new stage of life, through the joys of travel, over unexpected bumps in the road with glimpses of the world through her eyes and even the eyes of her cat to a final destination that is hope.
"Coast to Coast with A Cat and A Ghost" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author
Judy Howard started grooming dogs in her parents' basement at the age of eleven. After spending her adult life working in this profession, she was inspired after her husband's death to pursue writing, something she had always wanted to do. "Coast to Coast with A Cat and A Ghost" is her first novel. Howard resides in Sun City, California. She has already begun the second book in her newfound career.
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- Publication Date:
- Jul 18 2011
- 1461153786 / 9781461153788
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.25" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Family & Relationships / Marriage