Sleeping with Cats

Sleeping with Cats

by Marge Piercy
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Sleeping with Cats by Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed — her beloved cats.

With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She examines her myriad friendships and relationships, including two painful early marriages, and reveals their effects on her creativity and career. More than a reminiscence of things past, however, Sleeping With Cats is also a celebration of the present and the future, as Piercy shares her views on aging, creativity, and finding a lasting and improbable love with a man fourteen years younger than herself.

A chronicle of the turbulent and exciting journey of one artist's life, Sleeping With Cats is a deeply intimate, unforgettable story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060936044
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2002
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 810,340
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of the memoir Sleeping with Cats and fifteen novels, including Three Women and Woman on the Edge of Time, as well as sixteen books of poetry, including Colors Passing Through Us, The Art of Blessing the Day, and Circles on the Water. She lives on Cape Cod, with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist and publisher of Leapfrog Press.

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Sleeping with Cats 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful memoir compares favorably with The Liars Club by Mary Karr and All Over But the Shouting by Rick Bragg...both famous prize winning pieces. I bought it for the genre and the 'Cats' because anyone who loves them loves to read of the love of them....a club few are chosen to join. This memoir has a thousand times more honesty and love in it than I could have imagined a soul to bear to part with and share in a memoir. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great chronicle of the rise of a major poet/novelist from the depths of detroit, with interesting glimpses of leftist politics in the sixties and seventies. A political activist with a passionate sexual nature, piercy unabashedly admits to sleeping not just with cats but basically anything with pants or a skirt. After not inconsiderable experience, she informs us that she is basically heterosexual although she knows people, she says, that swing both ways with equal ease. Good news for her current live-in, Woody - although she banishes him to a separate bed most nights (he's a tossn'turner). Each chapter is capped by a poem, which sets a nice flow. Piercy throws in interlude chapters to digress to the present and talk serious cats. This also works well and softens the edge of a memoir of a sometimes hard-edged, abrasive personality.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*He shakes his head and dissapears, leaving behind a single gray feather*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*goes down to ruins and puts her hand on the ground. The walls talk to her all at the same time*
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