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Homer's Odysseyby Gwen Cooper
Synopses & Reviews
Gwen Cooper adopts a blind kitten and they have a wonderful life together. The kitten grew into a happy cat who never knew he was handicapped. A wonderful book for animal lovers.--Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make us Human and Animals in Translation
I am certain it would be impossible to meet Homer without falling in love with him and it is just as difficult to read this loving account without coming away with a renewed faith in the unique bond that can sometimes arise between two alien species. Gwen Cooper writes with humor, with wit, with candor and most of all with irresistible warmth for this astonishing little feline who will steal your heart the way he stole hers. --Jeffrey Moussaief Masson, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats and When Elephants Weep
Homer's Odyssey will make you jump for joy --Rita Mae Brown author of Santa Clawed
An inspiring story of two souls, one human and one feline, who face significant obstacles on their quest for love. A charming and sometimes humorous tale of what everyday courage and perseverance can look like. And to anyone who knows cats, it comes as no surprise that it is often the feline who leads the way.--Susan Richards author of Chosen By a Horse and Chosen Forever
Homer's Odyssey eloquently demonstrates that the bond between felines and their humans is requisite for our enlightenment.--Jim Edgar, author of My Cat Hates You and Bad Cat
This is a marvelous book Moving, insightful and often hilarious, Homer's Odyssey is about a blind cat with a spirit of epic proportions. Homer the Wonder Cat shows us we don't need eyes to find faith in the face of failure, nor sight to see the blessings all around us. Read and rejoice --Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Spell of the Tiger
Homer's Odyssey will capture your heart and enrich your soul. Homer's courageous spirit and triumphant optimism are an inspiration to all who share his story.--Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine, ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, and author of Vet Confidential
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.--Publishers Weekly
This lovely human-feline memoir, following in the footsteps of Vicki Myron's best-selling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, is sure to warm the hearts of all pet lovers.--Library Journal, starred review
From the Hardcover edition.
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three-pound blind cat whose daredevil character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary, and the healing of her broken heart.
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.
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 Children’s Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats–Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who aren’t impressed with any of it.
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