The Cat

The Cat

by Edeet Ravel

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The Cat by Edeet Ravel

Single mother Elise is completely devoted to her eleven-year-old son. He is her world. But that world is violently and cruelly destroyed in a single, terrifying moment when he is killed in a car accident just outside their home. Suddenly alone in her house, surrounded by suffocating memories, Elise faces a future that feels unspeakably bleak and colourless-and pointless. All Elise can think of is joining her son. But in her final, unspoken promise to him, she realizes she must stay alive until she finds someone to take care of his beloved cat, Persephone. As her unique relationship with this trusting creature grows, Elise is forced to confront her past and find the courage to move forward with her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143186595
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 261 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edeet Ravel is the award-winning author of the Tel Aviv trilogy about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Ten Thousand Lovers (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award), Look for Me (winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize), and A Wall of Light (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award). She is also the author of two other critically acclaimed novels, Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth and The Last Rain. She currently lives in Guelph.

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“In her evocation of grief, and the terrible loneliness of grief that is unfathomable to those who stand at a little distance from it, Edeet Ravel is utterly, heartbreakingly convincing.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“Bold and gutsy, yet sensitive and humane, Edeet Ravel’s The Cat takes the reader on a heart-rending journey from a place of unfathomable loss to a re-emergence of hope and faith.”
—Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex

"...once I began turning pages, I could hardly put it down. The novel is a precisely realized character study that amounts to an excruciating portrait of maternal grief."
The National Post

Praise for Ten Thousand Lovers:
"Deeply moving...Lily's narrative alternates between memoir and linguistic meditations on ancient and modern Hebrew. It is in these passages, conveyed in a quiet and almost lyrical voice, that the full tragic dimension of Israel's character emerges."
The New York Times

"This is a brave and beautiful book. It is a heartbreaking book. It could have been called Ten Thousand Dreams, or Ten Thousand Hopes, but Ten Thousand Lovers is best, for this book is at heart a love story. Read it for that, for the pure pleasure of it. But read it also to understand why love—even transcendent love—is sometimes not enough."
The Globe and Mail

"Ravel weaves a rich tapestry of love… her knowledge of history and language infuses the book with veracity and vividness."
The Chronicle Herald

"A shrewd and compassionate storyteller."
Sunday Herald

"[Ravel] blends the personal and political so well that our understanding of each dimension is enlarged … Ravel's characterizations are nuanced, and sidestep stereotypes... The dialogue is crisp, the plot compelling, and the glimpses of the ongoing war are powerful."
The Globe and Mail

"Ravel moves effortlessly from the larger to the smaller picture, bringing us a fascinating perspective of someone living the politics of one of the world's most notorious hot spots amidst a daily life of much personal eccentricity."
Quill & Quire

Praise for A Wall of Light:
"A thoughtful and heartfelt novelistic meditation on Israel's past and the great Israeli novelist Amos Oz, Ravel employs the contemporary family unit as the ideal metaphor for the Jewish state... Ravel is impressive for her willingness to say in unadorned language what she so powerfully feels."
The Globe and Mail

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Cat,The 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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