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Meet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE by debut author Michael Jay. It chronicles the journey of a boy named Mikee, whose coming-of-age search for emotional truth lands an orphan from a family living in the heart of Detroit’s Westside front and center before England’s Queen, America’s Maestro, and the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years.

A family saga at its core, DOG WATER FREE is an uplifting story of discovery that celebrates a remarkable hero in the person of an ordinary mom who is thrust into an extraordinary situation in a neighborhood of the city she loves.

Mikee is eleven when his world turns upside down as his mom shares news from her doctor. She has a year to prepare her family for her death. Her passing will leave the man she loves and the four children she cherishes alone to fend for themselves. “At least you’ll always have your dad,” she comforts. Still on her mission fifteen months later, her focus heightens when her husband drops dead.

With that, Mikee's improbable adventure begins.

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DOG WATER FREE is now available at Amazon Kindle, APPLE iBookstore, KOBO, COPIA and Amazon (UK). Coming soon to SONY eBookstore, GARDNERS (UK) and others.

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"We are delighted to announce that DOG WATER FREE is our latest B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion™, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our global reader/judges. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as DOG WATER FREE merits the investment of a reader’s time and money." - IndieBRAG

About Michael Jay

Michael Jay grew up in Detroit. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MBA at Northeastern University in 1983. His coming-of-age memoir, DOG WATER FREE, is dedicated to his college roommate, Tom Wales, who plays a pivotal role in his story, and who many believe to be the only Federal Prosecutor in U.S. history to have been killed in the line of duty. Michael lives in Idaho.

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DOG WATER FREE is available from Amazon for Kindle, Apple iBooks for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Amazon (UK). KOBO and COPIA.

Coming soon to SONY eBookstore, GARDNERS (UK) and others.


Recent reader reviews

John Stranger

5.0 out of 5 stars! - Xmas shopping list solved!
If you are tired of the endless predictions of doom this election season, this book is for you. It has it times inspiring and joyful, but also real, with sad and even scary moments, it just flat out reminds you that the best of humanity can make really good things evolve from the worst situations. Everyone on my Christmas list is getting Dog Water Free.

Mark DeWald

This book has exceeded my expectations! WHAT A WONDERFUL READ!

John Keating

"I want to thank you for sharing DOG WATER FREE with me...if not for the busy travel schedule the first week of my vacation I would have finished it right after I started it...your experiences and storytelling resonated with me and stimulated memories of my own. I am in awe of your ability to write the story you did. It was engaging, interesting, funny, sad, and uplifting all at once. Congratulations and good luck on its release...I would recommend it to anyone who grew up in that time frame, anyone who enjoys the memoir genre of today's literature and to anyone who just enjoys reading."

LisaO, Amazon User

Beautiful! Dog Water Free - Touched me deeply. Life is a journey and you never know what is around the corner, but all experiences lead to growth and to truth. I was touched by the love and strength of a young mother to ensure the safety and well-being of her children through incredible circumstances. How a young man whose experiences made him face life challenges way beyond his years and the incredible triumph and redemption that is only achieved when life is well-lived! Gifts come in strange packages and this story is about just that - beautiful gifts! Beautiful life!

Spencer T., Amazon User

Heartwarming and inspiring I read DogWaterFree as a favor to a friend, and I am so glad I did. Mikee's journey is nothing short of remarkable. It is a uniquely heartwarming story about family along with an inspirational message to all that are tossed challenges never thought possible - young or old. I recommend this memoir to anyone that wants a 'feel good story' with a any number of twists and turns along the way... A fantastic read, very well done.



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