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Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat Paperback – December 5, 2015
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About the Author
Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir "Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Ca"t; the novels "Love Saves the Day" and "Diary of a South Beach Party Girl"; and the crowd-sourced collection of cat selfies, "Kittenish", 100% of the proceeds from which were donated to support animal rescue in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. She is a frequent speaker at shelter fundraisers and donates 10% of her royalties from "Homer's Odyssey" to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals. She also manages Homer's ongoing social-media community, which reaches nearly two million cat enthusiasts and rescuers around the world each day. Gwen lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her two perfect cats--Clayton the Tripod and his litter-mate, Fanny--who aren't impressed with any of it.
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I grew to love Homer in the first book that Gwen penned about him: Homer's Odyssey. Adopted as a blind kitten, he more than compensated for his disability, and had more personality than 10 cats, it would seem. In The Ninth Life ... Gwen explores the time period after the book was published up until Homer's death (as well as the deaths of Vashti and Scarlett, Homer's housemates whom we also got to know in Homer's Odyssey). I literally cried when Gwen relayed the story of Homer's last visit to the animal hospital, when she was told that his liver numbers were "incompatible with life" and that the vet did not expect him to last more than two more weeks. Still, Homer surprised everybody by living for almost another full year. The will to live is a very strong force.
I highly recommend this, and all of Gwen's books, including her first book, a novel about a young woman living in South Beach during the 90's. She truly has a gift.
Ms. Cooper seamlessly weaves this story in such a way that you are aware that life happens. It happens as we lose one life and gain another. We both mourn and celebrate. I found that the distinct personalities of these cats shine through and touch the heart. If you can get through this book without tissues you'll have to tell me exactly how you managed that feat. I found myself crying, smiling and laughing over the antics of these sweet creatures. As someone who has been a lifelong lover of cats, I have been through those final moments too many times. Ms. Cooper's writing has put words to that grief and has painted a feline love story with her pen. I applaud Homer's legacy - his name has allowed Ms. Cooper to advocate for disabled pets. Many kudos!