P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

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by James Kirkwood
     
 

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It's New Year's Eve in New York City. Your best friend died in September, you've been robbed twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you've lost your job...and the only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you've got tied up in the kitchen... P.S. your cat is dead.

An instant classic upon its initial publication, P.S. Your Cat is Dead received widespread

Overview

It's New Year's Eve in New York City. Your best friend died in September, you've been robbed twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you've lost your job...and the only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you've got tied up in the kitchen... P.S. your cat is dead.

An instant classic upon its initial publication, P.S. Your Cat is Dead received widespread critical acclaim and near fanatical reader devotion. The stage version of the novel was equally successful and there are still over 200 new productions of it staged every year. Now, for the first time in a decade, James Kirkwood's much-loved black humor comic novel of manners and escalating disaster returns to bewitch and beguile a new generation.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“With every page the situation gets crazier, zanier, more improbable, also funnier...Kirkwood's bizarre humor comes off, thanks to his ability to throw opposites together, with a stand up comic's timing.” —Publishers Weekly

“An extraordinary novel...an ingenious, intriguing, and also moving story about two losers who become friends. It is also a revealing book about burning your bridges behind you.” —Sacramento Union

“This novel is woven together with such artistic acumen that suspense never ebbs. The plot structure, characterization, dialog and style are virtually flawless.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“James Kirkwood manages to combine the most marvelous light witty dialogue with the most harrowing of events...absolutely fascinating--I couldn't stop reading from the minute the first shot was fired.” —Nora Ephron

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312321208
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,082,673
Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.53(d)

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Meet the Author

James Kirkwood was a prominent figure in the theater world as well as the author of several novels. He's best remembered as the co-author of the long-running musical A Chorus Line and for P.S. Your Cat is Dead.

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P.S. Your Cat Is Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
kitkats More than 1 year ago
Not the kind of book I usually pick up but the title caught my attention. Once I read the first page I jumped right in. I laughed and was shocked and wowed! I mean we all can relate to having it really crappy at times but this takes the cake! Really glad I read it and would tell anyone to give it a try. Hope you enjoy it!!
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This book had me laughing! It is a very fast read, doesn't take long to finish it but I could see this being a movie, it would be funny!
Bandon More than 1 year ago
This is probably the only book I have ever read twice. I read this once in the early 70s, then again this summer after I bought it online. I had forgotten what it was about, so I really enjoyed it again the second time. Its a short, easy, funny, poignant read which is not like anything else I have ever read. I remember being saddened when James Kirkwood passed away many years ago at a young age. I had read all of his books and loved them all.
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yum More than 1 year ago
P.S. Your Cat is Dead was an enjoyable read. I read it within a few hours one day when I was bored and it caught my attention chapter after chapter, just when I wanted to take a break, it kept me going into another crazy chapter. The books plot was interesting, and I enjoyed the characters, but I kept wanting more towards the end. The ending was okay, don't get me wrong, but I expected something more. Still, I would recommend reading the book.
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WaterlillyWillow More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, I was constantly laughing! I really enjoyed it... until the very end. Once I was done, I had the strange feeling of "What was the point of that?" I hate that feeling, but it was so hilarious that I'm not sure why I felt that way! In certain parts of the book, I felt like there were 'inside jokes' that I wasn't privy to, so that added a bit of confusion and hilarity mixed in. All in all, I would say it's at least worth the read just so you can laugh!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I'll be the first to say (at least on here) that this is a very funny and sarcastic book. Murphy's Law, in a way. Anything that could go wrong, will, and thats exactly what happened in the book. I LOVED the characters and the personalities throughout the book. Very very funny. Dirty in places though. Cussing, etc. You should still read it though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kirkwood is entirely too talented a writer to not currently be in print. Two of his books have been made into movies; There Must Be A Pony (which starred, if I remember correctly, Liz Taylor & Chad or Rob Lowe) and Some Kind Of Hero which starred Richard Pryor. They were both excellent books, as were Good Times, Bad Times and Hit Me With A Rainbow. The best Kirkwood though, one of my all time top 5 books, is P.S. Your Cat Is Dead. Kirkwood takes an extremely unlikely situation, makes it progressively less likely and yet makes you believe it as real, all while laughing so hard tears are streaming down your face. The characters are vivid, believeable and memorable. It's one of those books you just have to share with friends so the few remaining copies left out there are likely tattered. Personally, I found myself reading it once a year (sometime around newyears)for over 15 reads until finally I loaned it out a few years back and have never seen it since. If only it was still in print. If it were available I'd buy myself a much desired copy & about a dozen others for friends. It saddens me that I can no longer get the work of one of my top 6 all time fav writers. If you get a chance to get yourself a copy of this book, do yourself a favor & don't pass it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's one of my favorite books. I have never found a book as funny as this one. It's definitally worth taking a look.