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Homer's Odysseyby Gwen Cooper
Synopses & Reviews
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 Gwens veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten whod 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 Gwens life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.
But it was Homers 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 isnt something you see with your eyes.
Homers 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, its a memoir for anybody whos ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.
"Cooper had every intention of saying 'no' to the veterinarian who asked her if she was interested in adopting a four-week-old stray kitten with a 'particular handicap.' She was fresh off a bad breakup, working a low-paying job and living rent-free in a friend's bedroom — plus she was worried about the social implications of adding one cat to the two she had already adopted: 'The neighborhood kids will... say things like 'That's where Old Widow Cooper, the cat lady, lives.' ' But as soon as she picked up the tiny kitten and he started to purr, she caved. She settled on a name and brought Homer home. His intrepid explorations of his new environs quickly challenged Cooper's expectations of a blind cat. And through 12 years, six moves, several boyfriends and a showdown with a burglar, this tender and affecting book reveals Homer's lessons about love and acceptance — and how he transformed Cooper into the woman she had always wanted to be. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Childrens Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miamis Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats-Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who arent impressed with any of it.
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