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1960s & '70s

Michael Jay

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The extraordinary story of a boy, his mom, and a life-changing turn of events.


Family, Memoir, Young Adult, Adventure, Epic,

Short Summary

DOG WATER FREE chronicles a journey by a boy named Mikee, whose coming-of-age search for emotional truth lands a dumbstruck orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before England's Queen, America's Maestro, and a young college co-ed who would become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

25 year-old Mikee is on a weekend holiday on Nantucket when he recalls a long repressed truth that no one in the world could know. It makes for an exquisite denouement that pulls all aspects of his emotional journey together.


Detroit, Cambridge, Boston, Nantucket

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Mikee is 11 when his world turns upside down. His mom (Marge) just received news from her doctor. She has a year to prepare her family for her death. Her passing will leave the husband she loves and the 4 children she cherishes alone to fend for themselves. Still on her mission 15 months later, her focus heightens when her husband drops dead.

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Engaging, Faithful, Heroic, Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Marge (Mom) who hails from the tribe of Maureen O'Hara

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Decisive, Engaging, Faithful, Funny, Aspiring, Beautiful, Charming, Heroic, Religious, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Tony (Dad) is the head chef at a silk-stocking ad agency in Detroit.

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: 18 year old sister Kathy who becomes the Legal Guardian for her 3 brothers.

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Naive, Selfless

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Hard Copy Available



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