An awesome book! I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. It’s just one of those books that fills your heart to overflowing and makes you glad to be alive. I loved it.
You might think that reading about a blind cat named Homer would be depressing but no. Homer lost his eyes to infection when he was a two-week old kitten; a few weeks later, Gwen Cooper adopted him and the adventure began. Homer is an amazing cat with great courage and a big heart, and being blind doesn’t slow him down one bit. There are so many funny stories that made me laugh because I know what’s it’s like to live with a feline whirlwind. When tiny Homer chases an intruder out of Gwen’s apartment, you can’t help but cheer for him. At first you think that Homer was lucky that anyone adopted him but the more you read, you realize that Gwen is pretty lucky to get to share her life with such a wonderful animal. I’m madly in love with Homer and also with Gwen’s two other cats, Scarlett and Vashti.
There are so many miracles in this story – starting with the vet who decided not to put the kitten to sleep. Then there’s Homer’s incredible ability to connect with people and infuse them with his own joie de vivre. But best of all is the fact that Homer was adopted by a great writer who could tell his story so beautifully and share him with us. I hope lots of people read this book!
Sometimes I skip pet books because they so often end with the animal dying and it’s just so unbearably sad to say goodbye. But Homer and the girls are alive (in fact, there’s a video on the book’s Amazon page where you can see Homer in all his sleek glory). But there was one chapter that did make me cry. Gwen Cooper lived in an apartment close to the World Trade Center and after 9/11, her cats were alone in the apartment and she couldn’t get back to them for several days because the whole area was off limits. When she finally reunited with them (and they were okay even though they didn’t have any food or water left), I had to shed a few tears of happiness.
It’s such an inspiring and beautiful story, and I encourage everyone to read this one. Buy it if you can because 10% of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations including the Blind Cat Sanctuary here in North Carolina.
Long live Homer!