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Love Saves the Day: A Novel by [Cooper, Gwen]
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When Sarah, her human roommate, doesn’t return to their apartment after a few days, Prudence, a former city street kitten who has grown used to an indoor life of relative luxury, worries. But when Sarah’s semi-estranged daughter, Laura, and her husband, Josh, arrive, armed with storage boxes, trash bags, and the always-ominous cat carrier, Prudence really starts to panic. The concept of human death is one Prudence is unfamiliar with, so she keeps her sense memories of Sarah alive in hopes one day she’ll return, all the while learning to cope with two strangers whose newlywed status provides perplexing new human behaviors to figure out. Sarah’s death is equally problematic for Laura, who still harbors resentment and shame from her precarious childhood in the slums of New York’s Lower East Side. In this poignant tale of loss and regret, Cooper, the best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey (2009), once again demonstrates her compassionate fluency in felinespeak and proves equally adept at conveying complex human emotions with flair and sensitivity. --Carol Haggas


"Once again, Gwen Cooper shines her light on the territory that defines the human/animal bond. In Love Saves the Day, she creates an emotional landscape so beautifully complete that we can't help but share in the heartbreaks and triumphs of her characters, regardless of their species." ---Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy

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  • File Size: 2417 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZPG7AO
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By Ingrid King on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
From the moment I turned the final page of Gwen Cooper's New York Times bestseller, Homer's Odyssey, I was hoping that Cooper would write another cat themed book. When I heard her read the first chapter of Love Saves the Day at a local event this past September, I knew this book was something very special. A book like this doesn't come along every day.

Love Saves the Day is a novel written from three points of view. The primary narrator is Prudence, a brown tabby rescued from a deserted construction site on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Prudence is a keen observer of humans and knows them better than they know themselves at times. "Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that's right in front of you is to back up before you pounce." You'll find yourself smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud, at Prudence's insight into human nature and astute descriptions of her world. From the "wonderful heated cat bed" in a place called "Home Office," to Prudence's dismissal of a self-cleaning litterbox ("It scared me so much that I started going on the living room rug just to avoid it") Cooper's love for cats and understanding of their nature and emotional lives, tempered with a sense of humor, is evident throughout the book.

Loves Saves the Day begins when one day Sarah, Prudence's human, doesn't come home from work. Prudence's world falls apart. For a few days, a neighbor feeds her, then Sarah's daugher Laura, who hardly ever came to visit, arrives with her husband. They're both carrying boxes.
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I found myself unable to review Gwen Cooper's new novel Love Saves the Day on publication as it was too close to the loss of someone very dear to me, and I feared conveying that sort of emotional rawness. Now I can say, reasonably calmly, that this is a wise, moving, witty, literate, precisely observed tale: it has all the best qualities of observation, storytelling, and cat knowledge that made Homer's Odyssey stand out among the plethora of recent cat-related books. While moving into new territory as a writer, Cooper retains two of what seem her key themes: coming of age at the turn of the millennium, and learning about oneself through responding to/caring for cats.

Prudence the cat's point of view sets up and drives the story in wonderful ways: we get quirky details of the habits and preoccupations of the principal human characters (Laura, her husband Josh, and her mother Sarah), so that by the time we get into their heads, we feel we know things about them they don't (yet) realize themselves. It also forces us to reconsider perspective, as Prudence navigates her environments from the vacant lot where she is rescued as a kitten, to Sarah's bohemian apartment and life as a mature, somewhat disorganized single woman of various passions, to Laura and Josh's posh if somewhat spartan apartment and the tense growing pains of their marriage. Prudence is herself a fully realized character, accessible and complex, yet not anthropomorphic: she retains her feline integrity throughout and if you've ever lived with a cat, you will nod in agreement often at her insights.
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This is by far the hardest review I've ever had to write; how do you do a book justice that has so completely touched your soul? In a word it is exquisite. I've spent the last few nights reading until the wee hours, savoring each and every word dreading the moment it would end. Every moment I wasn't reading it I was aching to get back to it, unable to stop thinking about it. I will never forget these characters or this has a forever home on my keeper shelf and in my heart.

Sweet little Prudence has completely stolen my heart. Her voice and the way she sees us crazy humans is exactly how I would imagine a cat's thought process to be. It is obviously how Gwen Cooper knows cats. Some of her observations had me laughing out loud, while others simply broke my heart. The pets left behind when an owner dies don't understand why they've been abandoned, and the way Prudence spent every moment in her new home surrounded by the Sarah-boxes, thinking that if she kept remembering Sarah she would return, fearing that if the scent of her and Sarah together disappeared Sarah would never find her way back...everytime I think about it I get a lump in my throat. Prudence's simple view of love is something we could all learn from; the love only a pet can provide.

Sarah and Laura's relationship teared me up as well, mostly because my own mother is my best friend in the world and I can't imagine not having this extremely important relationship in my life. I kept wondering what could have happened to drive such a wedge between a mother and daughter that had once been so close, knowing only that it had something to do with their neighbors the Mandelbaums and their cat Honey, and when the reason was revealed I was stunned.
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