Monday, December 21, 2015
Book Review: Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper
From the publisher: The odds had always been stacked against Homer, the blind kitten nobody wanted. But destiny took a hand the day he met Gwen Cooper, and with the publication twelve years later of the international bestseller "Homer’s Odyssey," Homer went from beloved house cat to world-wide star. He became the scourge and darling of the reporters, photographers, videographers, bloggers, and radio hosts who clamored to meet him—dragging his hapless human behind him as he greeted fame with his usual joie de vivre and occasional “catitude.” He became a spokes-cat for the cause of special-needs animals everywhere, and eventually the wise older mentor to the new special-needs kitten who would enter his and Gwen’s lives. Most importantly, Homer taught those who loved him best how to live and die with courage and joy—and left behind a rescue community of “Homer’s Heroes” that continues to save countless lives in his name.
By turns humorous and tender, this beautifully written, 115-page sequel concludes the adventures of Homer the Blind Wonder Cat—the fearless feline who proved that love isn’t something you see with your eyes, that even the smallest of creatures can make a big difference, and that true love lives forever.
Anyone who's read Homer's Odyssey knows that it's a story that stays with you long after that final turn of the page. The long awaited sequel, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, which takes readers through the final four years of his life, is even more unforgettable...if that's possible. Gwen put off writing this book for a long time because she didn't want to relive the pain of losing him. Instead, she discovered that “in writing the book, I’ve gotten to live with Homer again.” What pet owner wouldn't cherish the opportunity to do that with a beloved companion?
This sequel covers the trials and tribulations that Gwen faced leading to the book's publication, followed by her awe and amazement as Homer's star continued to rise. She loses the two cats that Homer grew up with, Scarlett and Vashti, leading her to adopt kittens Clayton and Fanny as new companions for Homer. Clayton in particular has a special connection with Homer and ends up playing a large part in Gwen's healing process when she finally has no choice but to say good-bye.
Homer passed away on August 21, 2013, the day after I adopted Truffles. I remember reading the news on Facebook and while experiencing such joy with the new addition to my family, also feeling such heartbreak for Gwen, knowing what she was going through having just lost Tara 7 weeks prior. It's the inevitable outcome we all know will happen one day (some much sooner than we ever thought possible, as I discovered with Truffles), yet life without our furry soul mates is just unthinkable. The connection that Homer and Gwen shared is nothing short of magical and that kind of love never fades away.
Homer is a hero in my eyes. His bravery in the face of adversity, his joyful outlook on life, his valiant battle to live when medical science said he shouldn't, and his lasting legacy that will continue to help special needs cats for years and years to come. He will live forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him...both in person and through the pages of a book.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the free copy did not influence my review.
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