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That's right, our hero. Instead of an Emma or an Elizabeth, we get Johnny Downs, a beefy, almost-out-of-work actor who never scores the romantic lead in either life or theater. We also get his caustic friend Darlene, who runs his life over the phone from her hometown in Georgia. This long-distance kibitzer orchestrates Johnny's dates, moderates his behavior, and ultimately sabotages his most successful love affair. And what about the titular catsitters? They turn out to be a couple of Darlene's girlfriends, who come to New York to look after Johnny's cats for a weekend and don't bother to leave, further compounding his romantic problems.
Johnny is the kind of character who seems to move through wet cement; he's likable enough, but we keep wishing he'd get his act together. In the end, he does, to the reader's rudimentary satisfaction. Still, the book is most appealing when Wolcott forgets he's writing a novel and slips into critic mode. There are some happily acerbic lines skewering the theater. An actress in a period play, for example, speaks "as if she were christening a ship." A director greets the protagonist "with both hands extended palms-down, a Fellini-like greeting that directors ought to stop imitating." The depiction of the life of a New York actor is thick with realistic detail; the romance is pure make-believe. --Claire Dederer
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When I picked up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect but the inside jacket copy made it sound intriguing. Factor in that Mr. Read morePublished on November 14, 2005 by MeWorry?Gal
This book jumped off the shelf when I was walking down the isle looking for something for lite reading. Lite reading this is not. Read morePublished on June 18, 2003 by Jennifer Zwicker
This is a good light read, but there are a few too many flaws to make it recommendable. The most blatant problem with "The Catsitters" is Darlene and her over-the-top... Read morePublished on June 5, 2003 by Roger Vinderlou
This book was a fun read and different than I expected. I usually read books that are written from a woman's perspective. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003
I wasn't expecting much when i picked up "the catsitters" to finally read. I bought it primarily because i can't go into a bookstore without buying something. Read morePublished on December 5, 2002
I'll be honest, I saw this book at a few places and thought the cover was the most adorable thing in the world. I promised myself I would read it. Read morePublished on December 4, 2002 by "ponypony"
I did enjoy this book but I felt as though it were lacking a key element, and that element would have made this a better book. Read morePublished on September 21, 2002 by Jill Kellar
This is a treat for all that need a good laugh and
a great read. I loved it!!
Funny send up of that Classic American Journey from the small town or boring suburb to the Big Apple. Read morePublished on August 28, 2002