The Cat by Edeet Ravel

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SINGLE MOTHER ELISE IS completely devoted to her eleven-year-old son; he is her whole world. But that world is destroyed in one terrifying moment when her son is killed in a car accident just outside their home. Suddenly alone, surrounded by memories, Elise faces a future that feels unspeakably bleak—and pointless.

Lost, angry, and desolate, Elise rejects everyone who tries to reach out to her. But as despair threatens to engulf her, she realizes, to her horror, that she cannot join her son: She must take care of his beloved cat. At first she attempts to carry out this task entirely by herself, shut away from a frightening new reality that seems surreal and incomprehensible. But isolation proves to be impossible, and before long others insinuate themselves into her life—friends, enemies, colleagues, neighbors, a former lover—bringing with them the fragile beginnings of survival.

Powerfully moving and deeply humane, The Cat is an unforgettable novel about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.
 

About Edeet Ravel

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Edeet Ravel is the recipient of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Look for Me and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for A Wall of Light, which was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Canadian/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize. Ten Thousand Lovers was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Koret Jewish Book Award. Her most recent novels are the critically acclaimed Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth and The Last Rain. Edeet was born on a kibbutz in Israel and has a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Pintail. 230 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Sep 21 2012

Unfortunately, it adopts the worn-out device of the journal, which is unnecessary...

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Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Sep 21 2012

Unfortunately, it adopts the worn-out device of the journal, which is unnecessary...Pursie the cat does not quite live up to her billing. With her occasional walk-ons, we don’t really believe she is the reason Elise stays alive.

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