Love Saves the Day

Love Saves the Day

A Novel

Book - 2013
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer's Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that's right in front of you is to back up before you pounce.

So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper's tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.

When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan's Lower East Side, she knows she's found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn't come home. From Prudence's perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They're carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.

Suddenly Prudence finds herself living in a strange apartment with humans she barely knows. It could take years to train them in the feline courtesies and customs (for example, a cat should always be fed before the humans, and at the same exact time every day) that Sarah understood so well. Prudence clings to the hope that Sarah will come back for her while Laura, a rising young corporate attorney, tries to push away memories of her mother and the tumultuous childhood spent in her mother's dusty downtown record store. But the secret joys, past hurts, and life-changing moments that make every mother-daughter relationship special will come to the surface. With Prudence's help Laura will learn that the past, like a mother's love, never dies.

Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Love Saves the Day is a story of hope, healing, and how the love of an animal can make all of us better humans. It's the story of a mother and daughter divided by the turmoil of bohemian New York, and the opinionated, irrepressible feline who will become the bridge between them. It's a novel for anyone who's ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart.

Praise for Love Saves the Day
 
"Prudence [is a] sassy but sensitive feline heroine."-- Time

"Unforgettably moving . . . a hard one to put down."-- Modern Cat
 
"If you are the Most Important Person to a cat, you will hold them much tighter by the book's end. If you don't have a cat, Prudence will have surreptitiously lured you into the danger zone: Falling in love with a cat because they need family, too."-- The Vancouver Sun
 
"Cooper brings readers a fictional tale that cat lovers will treasure. . . . This book will make most readers laugh and cry, and probably lead them to wonder more often what, exactly, their pet is thinking."--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
 
"The interspersed viewpoints . . . enrich Cooper's sensitively told novel that unravels a story (based on actual events) about a century-old tenement building--and the inhabitants therein. That story ultimately serves as the basis to understanding the emotional subtexts of these authentic, well-drawn characters."--Shelf Awareness
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345526946
Branch Call Number: COOPER
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 25 cm

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SnoIsleLib_DianeB May 12, 2017

There are 3 voices in this book, my favorite is Prudence - the cat. She is one of the main characters of the book, it is clear she is not human, she remains a cat. Her insights into life with her humans is delightful and if you are a cat owner you will relate. In the end love - in all its forms - is what is needed for us all, humans or animals.

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HereHere
Dec 07, 2013

A nice story, a bit hard to understand at times (it just takes a while to figure out what the author actually means). It's an okay story, but I preferred Oscar and Homer's Odyssey to this one.

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mew7958
Jul 07, 2013

If you have ever been in love with a cat you will really enjoy this book. A few teary moments also. Gwen Cooper has a vivid imagination regarding what cats are thinking. Very good book!

maryannkc Feb 26, 2013

Best book I've read in a long time. Gwen Cooper writes great fiction too!

Cdnbookworm Feb 14, 2013

As a cat lover, I was immediately attracted to this book, although also a bit leery. Leery because the cat is the main narrator, and some books I've read with an animal narrator aren't so good. This one is however, and I liked the cat Prudence.
As the book begins, Prudence has been living with Sarah, but Sarah hasn't been home the last few days. Eventually, Sarah's daughter Laura comes with her husband Josh and they pack up a bunch of Sarah's stuff and take Prudence home with them.
We see Prudence come to a gradual understanding of what has happened, and watch as she adjusts to her new home and becomes a loved part of Laura and Josh's family.
There are also chapters where Laura or Sarah is the central character, although these sections are more third person. They are there to cover those times when Prudence would not be present to observe and comment, or to give background story (particularly in the case of Sarah). We see how the relationship between Sarah and Laura deteriorated, and what led to that life in the first place.
This is a book about relationships, and love, and about focusing on what is important in life. A feel good novel with a few weepy moments. Very enjoyable.

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