With her signature humor and honesty, Roth introduces readers to her father and a remarkable 20-pound cat--and the ways in which each taught her to love without reservation and be willing to lose that which she thinks she cannot live without.With her signature humor and honesty, Roth introduces readers to her father and a remarkable 20-pound cat--and the ways in which each taught her to love without reservation and be willing to lose that which she thinks she cannot live without.Read Less
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The book is 1 of those you "hate to put down".
She has a way of telling a story that makes it very interesting.
Sep 3, 2007
Craggy Hole Heart
This book wasn't what I expected, but it was still good. Although the cat was a key figure in helping the author overcome her emotional insecurities, he really isn't talked about much in the story. After introducing him as a kitten adopted when she didn't want or like cats, the author skips a decade (missing the adjustment period that surely must have happened) and jumps into her struggle to deal with years of eating disorders and fears of getting close to people. Through learning to love via the cat, Roth is open to a new (and finally stable) relationship with a guy who doesn't seem to have any flaws. She has to face the death of her father, who it turns out, wasn't as great a guy as she thought he was. She also comes to know her mother in an entirely new way. Then she has to deal with her cat's failing health, due almost entirely to being spoiled rotten. I found it sad that she let the animal she loved so much suffer from being showered with affection in the form of food, although I understand that it was the very act of being able to love him unconditionally and without reservation that helped her to heal emotionally.
The book is easy to read and engaging. It is written in brief chapters with a witty, self-deprecating humor. It says a lot about love, trust and family relationships, especially those between child and parent. There's also some great passages about spirituality and the spiritual healing processes. A very good read, one I finished in a matter of days.
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