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What is it about women and cats? Clea Simon offers a thoughtful, gracefully written reflection on this powerful bond, interweaving history and contemporary anecdotes with the saga of her own gray cat, Cyrus.
Cat lovers will warm to the many cat stories in the book, but I bet they will especially appreciate her take on familiar stereotypes (the crazy old woman with her cats, the single woman alone with her cats, the witch with her cat companion). It is the power of the connection between women and cats, contends Simon, that inspires such jealousy and derision.
In fact, living with a cat has profound psychological benefits. Cats teach us that we can be discriminating; that we need not give false encouragement to everyone we meet. Notes Simon, "It is true, although not in the way our critics would have it, that we practice many human roles in private with our pets. They are our best girlfriend, to whom we can complain when our time is torn between jobs or between managing the home and marriage. They may be our peers and sometimes even our parents, who let us bounce ideas around and help us reach our own decisions."
Next time anyone refers to your cat as a child substitute, hand him this book. (Ginger Curwen)