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- Print Length: 134 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XC1NE4I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is a deeply intimate portrait of two damaged individuals who find themselves through each other. To be sure there is humor, the kind you don't find amusing at the time but laugh at much later and quite loudly. Avalon deliberately throwing up on Borat the guinea pig every time he felt a hairball rising. Avalon eating everything from hot peppers to plastic bags. And ultimately, Avalon the movie star.
As Vanessa shares Avalon's story she also shares her own. The daughter of a mean alcoholic mother with Munchausens and an abusive father who views her as a failure no matter what she does, her insecurities run as deep as Avalon's. The connection he shares with Vanessa is akin to soul mates, kindred spirits who echo each other's insecurities and hunger for love. Through highs and lows they are always there for each other, and as their relationship deepens they begin to heal each other as well. This is one story you'd best have a box of tissues on hand for!
Vanessa is an author and screenwriter who comes across a Turkish Van cat in the street and instantly falls in love with him. He, in turn, adopts her on sight and goes on to become the most important “person” in her life. He’s possessive, neurotic, challenging and demanding and yet he’s everything she wants and needs from a pet.
“He’s more than just a cat.” Avalon is the conduit through which Vanessa can explore her insecurities, fears, and relationships and she shares many of these in this book.
Pet owners have a propensity to anthropomorphize their animals but, while Avalon clearly shares many traits and insecurities with humans, the author is clear that he is definitely a cat – a very intelligent, needy, loving cat that is so much more than just a pet. They share a love, trust and companionship that she hasn’t found with another human.
Vanessa Morgan writes beautiful prose; it’s not flowery, in fact she is quite economical with words, but it flows effortlessly and draws you deeply into the story. She states in the epilogue: “I also lacked the words to describe how precious Avalon was to me” but, while only she would know the true depth of her feelings, I felt the love and emotions between her and Avalon deeply.
And, yes, I wept!
Like Vanessa I never travel mainly because I won't leave my pets--and if I had to make a choice--the guy goes--the pet stays. Avalon was a very dominant and jealous cat who needed one person and that persons total attention. I did have a cat who literally walked into my apartment one day and never left--he liked all people--but--the one time I had to leave him alone overnight (I was stick in NYC in a major power outage)--like Avalon he clung to me with his paws wrapped around my neck the minute I walked in the house. My current cat definitely has issues--and is also a one person cat. NO MEN allowed in my apartment, or I am given a talking to until they leave!!
This book will certainly warm the heart of anyone who owns or has ever owned a cat. It is good to know that there are others like me who would rather be alone then to give up any animal!!
How did this happen between Avalon and the author? Avalon is about a cat and his owner. Avalon is a Turkish Van—a rare breed. The author picked up Avalon off the street and brought him home. He didn’t adapt well. He terrorized the other pets and even the people that Vanessa Morgan brought in their lives. Having had a cat like this, I understand the situation. Everyone wants to get rid of the offending cat, but the cat owner feels it must defend the cat. No one understands. Besides, Avalon helped Vanessa grow up. By that I mean, the cat and the owner were sympathetico. They understood each other. How can you get rid of your soul mate?
Vanessa in explaining the emotional bond in the conclusion states:
Many argue that my relationship with Avalon was unhealthy, but it was actually the opposite. We became emotionally stable beings because we had each other. We had both been our worst selves when we met, but we had bonded through an unwavering desire to be love unconditionally and to love just as much in return. What we thought impossible, we had found with each other.
Vanessa even used Avalon in her work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It got boring really fast. I had high hopes for it. I have read better stories about pets and people. I never finished this book. Ended up deleting it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A cat with a soul to be reckoned with and you will never forget him. You will laugh and undoubtedly weep with his fascinating companion, Vanessa Morgan, as she recounts her life... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deborah Reed
Fantastic book!! Tears at your heart regardless if you're a cat lover or not!! Wish all Gods creatures can love one another like Avalon did!!! ❤️😓❤️Published 3 months ago by Denise Brown
I am a cat fancier, but this story seemed a bit far fetched. The analysis of the cat's emotional reactions was not convincing.Published 4 months ago by Jane Freeman
Not a great read, but OK to pass a little time, and put now and come back to later.Published 6 months ago by Martha
Hally is my eighth cat over 40 years of marriage. They have been companions, buddies, best friends and confidants, but never the love of my life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WhatHallyThinks