A STRING OF
SHADOWS


ENDORSEMENTS



"Reading the pages of Jacqueline Dreager's manuscript is like being immersed in the sounds, smells, feelings and emotions of a life, a world, that is beyond harsh, appalling, disturbing.
Skid Row becomes close, you are in it. It is not a positive experience. Yet you can't put it down. The blood, the stench, the dirt, the dangers are so close they hurt. And yet you follow her. The trip enriches you somehow. Somehow there is beauty in the bleakness, harsh but often tender.
One can only wonder at Dreager's courage. The reality of her dog friends and their miserable lives she desperately tries to alleviate, broke my heart. What writing! It's a trip you can't abandon once you start. You are sucked into a world you would hope never to know up close and wish you could escape. Yet, you are impelled to follow her wherever she takes you."

  — Rachel Rosenthal, author and Artistic Director of Rachel Rosenthal Company Extreme Theatre Ensemble.


"This book wowed me with it's unflinching firsthand glimpse into LA's Skid Row through the eyes of Jacqueline Dreager. She has a definite style and real talent. This is the most satisfying writing I've had the pleasure to work on in recent memory. 'Buddy's Last Chapter' is, in two words: brilliant and heartbreaking."

  — Kevin Cook, author and literary editor


"Jacqueline Dreager has written an important book about the vital intersection between art, heart and soul. In these days where the arts are cut willy nilly, we need reminders that art is not just fluff nor is it non-essential. Dreager's moving account of her days as a working artist in Los Angeles working on Skid Row is stunning in its simplicity and complexity both. It turns out she's as brilliant a writer as she's a sculptor. It's a memoir yes: and its also an album of a downtown reality that most of us never see up-close. Dreager was not a do-gooder tourist into the squalid parts of L.A. She was part of a community that also included our down-and-out dog friends. After reading her book, you will not view homeless dogs and people the same way. They have names, hearts and souls. A must read for art, people and dog lovers. "

  — Ellen Snortland, author of "Beauty Bites Beast," "Now That She's Gone," and co-author of "The Safety Godmothers."


"Jacqueline Dreager's manuscript is a compelling story of an individual's compassion for the outcast and downtrodden, both canine and human alike. An artist in the middle of Skid Row in Los Angeles, she writes the chapters as though you are taking the paths and living the encounters walking alongside her. You simultaneously wonder why a young woman would continuously expose herself to the dangers of Skid Row, but can't help championing her in your heart, as the single person trying to make a difference for at least one dog. This book will reach out and tug on the strings of compassion within you.

  — Michael Levin, New York Times best selling author

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