A Finalist for the 26th Lambda Literary Award
Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also...jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.
Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren't around. Told through writer Caroline Paul's rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.
The self-deprecating author s note sets the stage for this hilarious, and moving, account of Paul s relationship with her two cats. In the note, the 40-ish Paul (East Wind, Rain) qualifies the accuracy of her story by noting that she was on painkillers for some of the time (while recovering from a plane crash) and asking the reader to also take into account normal confusion for people our age. The author s note is followed by a New Yorker like map of San Francisco, as seen by a cat, divided into areas of Fear, Large Threat, Total Death, Other Cat, Food? and Home. Her experiences with Fibby and Tibby (full names Fibula and Tibia) range from farce, as she attempts to track Tibia s travels out of the home by means of a GPS device, to tragedy. The humor of the opening continues throughout, augmented by diagrams such as one of an animal shelter volunteer, with an arrow pointing to the woman s kind, crazy eyes. Even non cat lovers will find this an engaging read, charmingly illustrated by Paul s partner, MacNaughton, as Paul easily makes her strong emotions for her pets accessible and universal. Illus.
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Ms Paul is an incredibly gifted writer. Her words invoke every possible emotion in their precision, and her messages are just gorgeous...not to mention hilarious.
I highly recommend this to anyone, especially cat lovers.
Is it bizarre that I read this aloud to my cat?