I picked it up because of the premise -- it’s timely and unique. It’s also a translation, which prompted me to read it because I love exploring books from cultures and languages other than my own.
This memoir is the sequel to Bowen’s first book 'A Street Cat Named Bob', which details the beginnings of his friendship with the special cat.
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Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters
"Her snarky attitude is something I really liked as well — and the fact that she does naughty things, like steal a key chain from a young mom that irritates her." #WomanWriters
Lots of people have been buzzing about this book since it came out last June.
"I’m not going to babble on about how great this book is because you should take this new found time to go buy it. Go to your local independent bookstore, pick it up from the library, or get it online. Just do it." -- Anne Logan
Immediately I plopped myself down with my daughter to get a sense of how it would go over with a toddler.