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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Gwen Cooper's delightful debut details the numerous lessons she has learned from Homer, her blind cat, whose curious, exploratory antics serve as apt metaphors for living life with a vibrant spirit. Cooper, who already had two other cats, was barely squeaking by on a paltry salary when her vet told her about an eyeless kitten in need of a good home. Despite her practical misgivings, she agreed to adopt Homer after seeing with her own eyes how energetic and inquisitive he could be, despite his total lack of vision. When Homer fearlessly scales bookcases and blindly bounds around the apartment, it inspires Cooper to be more assertive and optimistic about her own life, convincing her to take her own daunting leap of faith by trying to transform a close friendship into romance.
- Nature, Pets
- Animals, General, Cats / General
- March 12, 2013
- September 7, 2010
- Gwen Cooper