Fifth Life of the Cat Woman by Kathleen Dexter

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Kat O’Malley is living the nine lives of a cat and not having an easy time of it. After four hundred years on the wrong side of prejudice, intolerance, poverty and even witch hunts, all she really wants to do with her fifth life is hide out on a mirage with a bunch of cats.

Everything is fine until a man wanders into Kat’s mirage. When he hears her story, he convinces her to put her rotten experience to good use as a history teacher at a nearby school, where he’s the headmaster. Skeptical at first, Kat takes him up on the offer. She lives a double-life, spending a few days a week teaching underdog history lessons that never made it into the books and then slipping back to her hidden oasis, hoping no one will follow.

But one of her students does follow her, and when tragedy strikes, Kat is caught up in the nightmares of her past once again. She must ultimately decide whether to retreat forever into the safety of her cat-filled mirage or embrace the new life she’s created and the one person who knows her secret.

About Kathleen Dexter

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While majoring in education and minoring in music at the University of New Mexico, Kathleen Dexter worked for a children's storytelling program on KUNM (Albuquerque), an affiliate of NPR. This eventually led her to found her own company, Zephyr Tapes and Books, which specializes in stories from the Southwest. She worked for 15 years in the "movie industry circus" while completing her master's degree in psychology.
Published May 29, 2013 by Llano Press. 277 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Yet Angelo persuades her to climb down the mesa’s steep slopes, and he brings her before the highly eccentric members of a school board made up of unreconstructed hippies and other counterculture types.

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