news            contact            

purchase info

Retrieving Isaac and Jason is a heartwarming human adoption story written by the family dog Kai,
in her native Labrador tongue. In addition to recording the adventures of her busy family, Kai's
favorite past-times have included sleeping, chasing squirrels, and running off the dock at
Lake Dunbar in pursuit of a tennis ball.

Kai's story was translated into English by her dad Elliott (known to her as "the writer") and her
grandfather Kenneth (whom she simply calls "Gramps"). Elliott lives in St. Paul with his partner
Randy (aka "the leader") and their two sons Isaac and Jason. Ken resides in Eagan with his wife
Millie (also known herein as "Granny").

In her recent review, Sally Childs, the original director of the Jon Hassler Theater and Rural America Writers' Center, called the book

"a deeply personal and very human story of two dads adopting two Asian boys, filtered through
the pen - and point-of view – of Kai, the most erudite Labrador Retriever punster to fill a page.
Kai writes about her "pack" with unconditional love, lacing her story with joy and wit, as her two
dads (whom she calls "the leader" and "the writer") drop her off with Gramps and Granny in
Trout Valley while they travel to Cambodia to "retrieve" their first son, Isaac.

In using a dog's voice to tell their story, the father-son writing team avoids any tendency toward
cuteness. In their hands, it is a clever conceit by which they fully dramatize the need of gay couples
to gain recognition as a family without making speeches, waving banners, or occupying any public places. 

Readers will fall in love with this non-traditional family, and may find themselves becoming very
careful of what they say in front of their pets, especially Labrador Retrievers.".

Proceeds from the sale of Retrieving Isaac and Jason will go to The Sharing Foundation,
a non-profit organization which empowers young lives in Southeast Asian orpahanages.

If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation, please contact:

The Sharing Foundation
P.O. Box 399
Woolwich, Maine 04579


copyright © Elliot Fliés 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                               site design: creativeiq.info
link to purchase book on amazon dot com link to purchase book on amazon dot com