Sleeping with Cats by Marge Piercy
A Memoir

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed -- her beloved cats.

With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She examines her myriad friendships and relationships, including two painful early marriages, and reveals their effects on her creativity and career. More than a reminiscence of things past, however, Sleeping With Cats is also a celebration of the present and the future, as Piercy shares her views on aging, creativity, and finding a lasting and improbable love with a man fourteen years younger than herself.

A chronicle of the turbulent and exciting journey of one artist's life, Sleeping With Cats is a deeply intimate, unforgettable story.


About Marge Piercy

See more books from this Author
Poet and novelist Marge Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1936. She received a B. A. from the University of Michigan and an M. A. from Northwestern. She is involved in the Jewish renewal and political work and was part of the civil rights movement. She won the Arthur C. Clarke award. Besides writing her own novles and collections of poetry, she has collaborated with her husband Ira Wood on a play, The Last White Class, and a novel, Storm Tide. In 1997, they founded a small literary publishing company called the Leapfrog Press. She currently lives in Cape Cod.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Sleeping with Cats

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Times changed: finding politics too demanding, Piercy moved to Cape Cod, where she still lives with her third husband—and the cats.

| Read Full Review of Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Piercy notes that her memoir's focus is her emotional life, but that understates the book's rich picture of her literary and political life.

| Read Full Review of Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir


Tracing her life from Detroit-born tomboy to free-love feminist to poet and novelist (1987's Gone to Soldiers), Piercy chronicles her journey—and the felines that came with her—in prose that is alternately chatty and sensual.

Jan 21 2002 | Read Full Review of Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir

Reader Rating for Sleeping with Cats

An aggregated and normalized score based on 25 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review