A heartfelt, funny memoir about how a kitten rescue project changed one cynic’s life…
Journalist Heather Green was finally putting down roots: in shiny, buzzing Manhattan. She loved her work and threw herself into sixty-hour weeks—once walking into a subway pole, getting a concussion, and still going to the office. Her new boyfriend Matt lived across the river in a New Jersey town that had none of the glamour of New York. She liked Matt—a lot—yet she wasn’t sure what to make of weekends in gritty, dilapidated Union City.
But things changed the summer morning Heather discovered a beautiful stray cat and her three black-and-white kittens in Matt’s neighbor’s backyard. When she made eye contact with one of the kittens, she felt something she’d never felt before. She and Matt had to save the little animals. Because if they didn’t, who would?
The crazy world of cat rescue soon drew Heather in. As she and Matt worked together to figure out how to trap, tame, and find homes for their foundlings, she began to question the life she had back in Manhattan. This is the story of how three furry beings taught one woman about love, community, and what truly matters in life.
Discovering a feral cat and its kittens in her boyfriend Matt's backyard in New Jersey inadvertently sets Green, a journalist, on a path to self-discovery as she becomes a cat rescuer. Green, the daughter of an Air Force pilot, had mastered the art of moving and never becoming deeply attached to places or people. Saving three kittens, however, upends her carefully arranged life as a writer for Businessweek, living in Manhattan and spending weekends with Matt. Gaining the trust of the kittens, socializing them, and tending to them forces Green to engage in a way she had never done before. Green reconsiders her own approach to life and slowly begins to trust others. Combining her tale of rescue with stories of people who save feral cats, Green shows readers the transforming powers of patience and commitment.