The Cat

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Ravel (The Last Rain) delivers a heartbreaking novel that centers on Elsie, a single-mother paralyzed by grief after her 11-year-old son dies. While her life once revolved around her son, after his death she finds herself struggling to survive on "this alien planet... planet without my son." Ravel's measured prose spares us no detail of Elsie's despair and hopelessness, exposing the confusion, anger and disbelief that come with loss. It's her cat Pursie who forces her to carry on. Although she feels "shipwrecked" in her isolation, refusing to leave the house and rejecting all who reach out to her, Elsie rises each day only to care for the cat her son loved. Her loss forces her to confront the abandonment she's faced in the past—from her withholding mother, a former lover, and the father of her son. As her commitment to solitude begins to wane, Elsie finds the strength to reach out to others and deal with the unresolved relationship of her past. Ravel's frank depiction of grief is stunning in both its silent moments of desperation and the glimpses of hope offered for the future. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Ravel (The Saver) returns with the story of Elise, who is born with a purplish birthmark covering one side of her face. She feels unloved and is largely friendless for most of her early life until a brief affair with a fellow art student produces a son who accepts her unequivocally and whom she loves with abandon. Apart from his school friends and their adored cat, Pursie, mother and son live in contented isolation until one day a sleepy driver runs off the road near their home, killing the 11-year-old boy. With so few friends and family, the only thing keeping Elise tethered to the world is caring for and feeding Pursie. In grief's grip she begins searching for a few old friends and lovers whom she might persuade to take over caring for Pursie, allowing her to depart the world without guilt. VERDICT Elise is a hard character for the reader to connect to. A ray of hope finally appears when Elise's tentative contact with the outside world begins to thaw her cold, cold heart. This is a slighter work from Ravel, a borderline purchase. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/12.]—Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ontario
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143186458
  • Publisher: Pintail
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,419,071
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Edeet Ravel is the award-winning author of the Tel Aviv trilogy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which received several esteemed prizes and nominations. Ten Thousand Lovers was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Look for Me won the Hugh MacLennan Prize, and A Wall of Light was a finalist for the Giller Prize and won the Canadian Jewish Book Award. She is the author of two other critically acclaimed novels, Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth and The Last Rain. Ravel was born on a kibbutz in Israel and has a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Darkrise warrior cats story. Part 1

    Amberpelt, a mated she cat warrior, was laying down in the med cat's den. Her mate, Tornadostar, leader of Saberclan, was passing in quickly. "I don't know how much longer I can take of this!!" She screams. She pushes and lets out a yelp. A kit was then lying there, bawling its head off. "I'm so poud of you Amberpelt," said Tornadostar. Amberpelt then leaped to her paws and picked the kit up by its scruff. She ran through horrendous blizzards and raging thunderstoms. She finally made it, with the kit in one pice, to the territory entrence. Amberpelt set the kit down. "Don't worry kit. I know Timeclan will take you in. Im sorry but... but... I'll never see you again." Then she padded quickly away. This is a story of a kit's life. <p> Thanks for reading part one! Part two will come out soon at the second book. Pleaw rate and review! I love critisizum! Thanks!~Dave

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    The Cat, by Edeet Ravel. This book broke my heart in a million

    The Cat, by Edeet Ravel.

    This book broke my heart in a million pieces and I could not stop reading until I knew what would happen to Elise. That a writer can convey so much pain and empathy in such a short book is amazing. I felt her every joy, loss, fear and angered emotion while she was forced to deal with living in a world that changed forever in one quick and senseless act. I had to know, could she survive and how she could ever regain a sense of normalcy again. Very well written. Very concise. Extremely absorbing. I will remember this book for a long time to come.

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