Magazine article World Literature Today

Kitty Lit

Magazine article World Literature Today

Kitty Lit

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Kitty Lit

Cat people: we aren't known for much other than spinsterhood, paranoia, emotional and social disconnection. Our one spokesperson who's more than quaint at best is Catwoman. But lately there's been a surge of authors speaking out for us, writing literary cat fiction that, as one reviewer said of a book on this list, "even dog lovers should read." If you need more bonding time with your kitten after showing hundreds of pictures of him to everyone you meet, consider one of these new books. They'll surely draw your cat into your lap to stretch out on the pages.

Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat

Lena Divani

Konstantine Matsoukas, tr. Europa Editions

Sugar Jacques reflects on his seventh life, spent with writer Miss Sweetie, whose busy life gives him innumerable stories to tell in his witty and cultured style.

The Guest Cat

Takashi Hiraide

Eric Selland, tr. New Directions

In Japanese poet Takashi Hiraide's new novel, a best-seller in France and an award winner in Japan, the growing distance between a working couple in Tokyo is reversed by a visiting cat, who brings the couple new realizations about life as it takes them away from their desks. …

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