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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 41

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Where was it that she left you?" a spindly sapling asks.

"Where else?" Fup replies. "A gas station. And just a day's walk from Orono's house."

"But how did you find her?" the ferns want to know.

"We knew her address from the care packages she'd sent us at the post office."

Every day of the trip, or so it seems to Fup, a new realization dawns; some peripheral blur sharpens into broad relief. Tonight, it's this: that beneath the canopy of trees it never really rains; branches simply feed the forest floor what they don't keep for themselves. In the squat cave of an old, toppled fir, Bear assures her that she's told her story well. And what difference does it make if some tree decides to record it for posterity? "Putting the story to paper won't change anything," Bear reminds her. "You should know that better than anyone, living among so many books that no one ever reads."

The bookstore! To be curled up right now in the stacks instead of here in the cold, wet woods... Suddenly it's all Fup can do to keep from starting back toward the city. What difference does it make what the trees decide? Penny and Bruno passed on years ago. A book won't bring them back.

And still, logic be damned, she'd never have come all this way if it made no difference at all. Didn't her sisters want her to? Didn't they urge her to try? Ro and Clara: back in the city all this time minding their kids while Fup's off traipsing through the hills.

"It's a marker," Fup reflects. "It's something tangible to leave behind."

The wind howls. The trees confer.

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"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
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In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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