The Cat

The Cat

Book - 2012
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Single mother Elise is completely devoted to her eleven-year-old son; he is her whole world. But that world is destroyed in one terrifying moment when her son is killed in a car accident just outside their home. Suddenly alone, surrounded by memories, Elise faces a future that feels unspeakably bleak and pointless. Lost, angry and desolate, Elise rejects everyone who tries to reach out to her. But as despair threatens to engulf her, she realizes, to her horror, that she cannot join her son: she must take care of his beloved cat. At first she attempts to carry out this task entirely by herself, shut away from a frightening new reality that seems surreal and incomprehensible. But isolation proves to be impossible, and before long others insinuate themselves into her life, friends, enemies, colleagues, neighbours, a former lover, bringing with them the fragile beginnings of survival.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2012
Description: 221 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780143183525
Branch Call Number: Rave

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hRuth
Jan 22, 2016

Not knowing the storyline, and as a recently grieved individual, I was not sure I could read this. I decided to when I was in the right mood, and glad I did. It is beautiful. Elise was completely bereft and alone for 7-8 months before realizing others grieved also; people who truly loved her and understood her devastation. We can get thru most things by opening our hearts and eyes. I've adopted her conclusion of our new life as 'surreal and sad'.

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susanpi
Jul 15, 2014

I have to admit I picked up this book because I love cats, but the book is not at all about cats. It is a gut wrenching story about a single mom going through the bereavement process after losing her 11 year old son. I found myself feeling like I was going through all her emotions with her. Very nicely done and well written Edeet. Highly recommended.

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Jenuine
Jul 25, 2013

This book is so beautiful and captivating. It almost hurt to read it because of the strength of the emotion in it, but everything about it is really, really beautiful

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greyfox67
Dec 28, 2012

I throughly enjoyed this book. The explanations of her feelings after her son died were very well explained as I went through those very emotions.

VanessaM Nov 05, 2012

After her son dies in a hit and run car accident a mother decides that she must continue on to take care of the cat that he loved.

The title is misleading - the cat is hardly mentioned - but it's a moving story about living after a tragedy when you think you have nothing left to live for.

A short easily read story.

Canadian author; set in Ontario.

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