Good morning, Blog World! Welcome to another Serendipitous Wednesday, in which we celebrate the books we are eagerly anticipating. Join our host, Jill, at Breaking the Spine.
Today I’m sharing about a book that grabbed my attention awhile ago. The Cat, by Edeet Ravel, a story of loss and learning how to go on afterwards, will be released on March 26, 2013.
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, neighbors, a former lover—bringing with them the fragile beginnings of survival.
Powerfully moving and deeply humane, The Cat is an unforgettable novel about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.
What do you think? I know I’m eager to read this, because I thoroughly connect to stories about resilience after tragedy.