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The goodbye cat : seven cat stories / Hiro Arikawa ; translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.

Arikawa, Hiro, 1972- (author.). Gabriel, Philip, 1953- (translator.).


"In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling and beloved The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners' lives, climbing, comforting, nestling, and sometimes just tripping everyone up in this uplifting collection of tales by international bestselling author Hiro Arikawa. Against the backdrop of changing seasons in Japan, we meet Spin, a kitten rescued from the recycling bin, whose playful nature and simple needs teach an anxious father how to parent his own human baby; a colony of wild cats on a popular holiday island show a young boy not to stand in nature's way; a family is perplexed by their cat's undying devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father; a woman curses how her cat will not stop visiting her at night; and an elderly cat hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be in each other's lives forever. Bursting with love and warmth, The Goodbye Cat exquisitely explores the cycle of life, from birth to death-as each of the seven stories explores how, in different ways, the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down. A huge bestseller in Japan, this magical book is a joyous celebration of the wondrousness of cats and why we choose to share our lives with them"-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593815700
  • ISBN: 059381570X
  • Physical Description: 278 pages ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2023.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
"Originally published in Japanese as Mitorineko by Kodansha Ltd, Tokyo in 2021"--Title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
The goodbye cat -- Bringing up baby -- Good father/bad father -- Cat island -- The night visitor -- Finding Hachi -- Life is not always kind.
Language Note:
In English, translated from the Japanese.
Subject: Cats > Fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Fiction.
Genre: short stories.
Short stories
Short stories.

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      Fayette County Public Library
ARIKAWA ( Send Text)
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