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Friday, June 5, 2009

ARC Arrival: Homer's Odyssey


Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper

Publisher: Dell

I received this book from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.

About the book: (from Dell's website) Once in nine lives,
something extraordinary happens...


The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.


Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.


But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes.

Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits—on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.


About the author: Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Children’s Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats–Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who aren’t impressed with any of it.

Homer's Odyssey
Publisher/Publication Date: Dell, Aug 25, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-34385-5
304 pages

7 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I got this the other day and think it looks so good. I love animal stories.

Claire said...

I normally avoid animal stories but I quite like the sound of this!

Kelly said...

Darn it...I can't remember if I requested this one or not! Arrghh..its hell getting old!

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for entering in my month of giveaways. I've had your blog on my blogroll for some time, its a really good one!

Thanks again!

Kelly at The Novel Bookworm!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This sounds really good but also like you need some kleenex to get through it!

Tea said...

Ilove this one.

Toni said...

Wow.. this looks really good. Love that cover!

imbookingit said...

I put in for this one! I'm hoping I still have a chance of getting it. If not, I'll probably have to track down a copy in the fall.

Considering how badly I want a kitten, it might be better if I don't read it :-).

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