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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806536063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806536064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While working on the manuscript detailing the tragic events surrounding her son’s death and the healing her family found through the love of a special cat (Cleo, 2010), Brown is dealt a devastating one-two punch that sends her fragile world reeling. She is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her eldest daughter announces her desire to move to war-torn Sri Lanka and become a Buddhist nun. Feeling uncertain and needy, Brown struggles with the knowledge that she must let Lydia pursue her own dreams, even though, selfishly, she wants to keep her by her side. Although Lydia returns in time to see Brown through her crisis, her compulsion to follow the Buddhist way will test Brown’s maternal mettle. Once again, it will take a remarkable feline to help her family put things in perspective and impart the kinds of life lessons one can’t always learn from a two-footed guru. Candid, genuine, and unaffected, Brown’s touching memoir celebrates the affirmational power of animal companions to help humans navigate life’s most challenging moments. --Carol Haggas

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'This is a moving account of family life going off the rails, but saved by love and the realisation that by allowing cats and daughters to roam, they'll come home in the end.' (Four Stars) The Lady 'If you're one of the 500,000 who bought Cleo and loved it, you'll be happy to hear her sequel is equally heart-warming and engaging ... If you've ever felt like your life is sometimes stranger than fiction then you'll readily identify with the latest update on Helen's life. It's a great reminder of why, even when life is dishing you up a big plate of craziness, there are still blessings to be gained.' Australian Women's Weekly 'charming, funny and heartfelt ... I carried it everywhere I went in the two days it took me to read it' Booksellers NZ 'I could not put it down. Very well written, it captured both my heart and my imagination.' The Weekly Review 'A delightful book.' Rotorua Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maybe she just couldn't come up with one for this book.
Nancy
I was about a chapter into this book when I ordered Helen's first book, 'CLEO'.
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I loved Helen's first book, Cleo the Cat Who Mended a Family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAXINE on May 3, 2013
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Expected more from this book. I am a Siamese cat owner and absolutely love the breed and how they interact with us humans, The book centers more on the author and her family then secondly on the cat. Although she does incorporate the Siamese and I understand her plot ; it became boring and redundent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid King on April 12, 2013
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I love cat memoirs, and I love that we're seeing more and more of these wonderful stories being published. I absolutely adored Helen Brown's first book, CLEO: The Cat Who Mended a Family, about the little black kitten who came into the author's life after the death of her young son. This sweeping memoir of heartbreak, changes, new beginnings, and ultimately, happiness, touched my heart in a big way.

I was excited about this sequel, but you just never know with sequels: will they be as good as the first book, or will they disappoint? I should have known that Brown wouldn't disappoint.

After Cleo died, the author swore she'd never get another cat, but the universe had different plans when a small Siamese kitten with an intense blue gaze wraps his paws around her hand in a pet store. Jonah came into Brown's life shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had just begun recovery from a mastectomy. Additionally, she was planning her son's wedding, and struggling with her daughter's choice to become a Buddhist nun and move to war-torn Sri Lanka. Add in a high energy, hyperactive kitten with behavioral issues, and the author had her plate full and then some!

I found this book incredibly hard to put down - not something that happens with a lot with memoirs. Brown writes with humor, compassion and sometimes almost brutal honesty about her struggles with her illness, her daughter, and her rambunctious cat. This is a story of love and family - both two- and four-legged - with all the challenges and imperfections that are part of life. The juxtaposition of Brown's struggles with her independent daughter and her equally headstrong cat, and the lessons she learns along the way about letting go and having faith are nothing short of inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald T. Randklev on June 7, 2013
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People who have raised cats and kids will recognize a lot of the behaviors. For the most part, is a narrative of the ups and downs of normal life in sort of "as the world turns" style. The author seems to be a nice person and the book a "feel good" sort of experience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on April 6, 2013
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This book is one of the best I have ever read. It is the the second book I have read by Helen Brown. The first was Cleo. I highly recommend these books.
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As I am wont to do, I read the sequel, Cats and Daughters, loved it and am now reading the first book, Cleo. In any order, they both deliver a strong message. Embrace life you don't get another this go-round. I don't have a daughter. I do have a sister and I do have a cat. Neither the sister or the cat necessarily comes when called so I'm guessing daughters are the same way. Also cool is the fact the author hails from New Zealand. She is correct; people remain the same, past, present, future and on various parts of the globe.
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I guess the title is different here & there - I read After Cleo Came Jonah
And I DID read Cleo 1st - LOVED IT!!!
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By Nancy on April 22, 2014
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I couldn't finish this book. I had hoped for a nice, loving animal story, like her previous book, Cleo, but it's not. It's clear that while many people love their Siamese cats, that the author really can't deal with that very social and very active personality. She would have been better matched with a Persian or another more mellow breed. I think it would be better to get a second Siamese to keep him company and busy, if she can't deal with him, rather than put him on Prozac, but that's her choice. Or she could have given him away to someone who does like the breed. It's just a mismatch. And I think it would have been nice if she could have appreciated what her daughter was learning through her experimentation with Indian spirituality. I would have found it interesting if she had talked to her daughter about what she was doing and talked about that in the book, rather than going on about how horrible it was and how she wanted her daughter to do more shopping and be more into clothes than learning about other cultures. I had hoped for a happy, feel-good book, and it was a lot of grunching. She said that she had to rewrite Cleo to put a more positive spin on it before that could be published. Maybe she just couldn't come up with one for this book. Fortunately, between the cat on Prozac and her daughter returning to what she felt was normal, it all ended well, for her, at least.
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By E3lisa on April 10, 2014
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This was a wonderful follow up to Cleo. It was funny and enlightening and a page turner. I highly recommend this book.
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