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Love Saves the Day: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Gwen Cooper

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Title:Love Saves the Day: A Novel
Authors:Gwen Cooper
Info:Bantam (2013), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Cats, Marrigage, Mother Daughter, New York., Disco music

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A very touching story about the cat/owner bond and the mother/daughter bond. A very insightful perspective about what a pet "thinks and feels" when their master dies. Beautiful. ( )
  adeleb88 | Jun 25, 2016 |
Prudence is a five-week-old kitten when she meets Sarah for the first time. She knew it as soon as they met: Sarah was to be here One Special Human forever and goes home with her. After three wonderful years the worst thing happens. Sarah doesn't come home one day. The next thing Prudence knows is all their things is in boxes and she's on her way to live with Sarah's estranged daughter, Laura. Suddenly finding herself in a new apartment with humans she barely knows Prudence thinks it could take years to get them properly trained. If only her Sarah would come back and take her home again so life can return to normal.

Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper is a story of hope and how the love of an animal can make us better humans. It's about how a mother and daughter became divided when their own lives were turned upside down on the day their own apartment was demolished and the feline who eventually unites them both. The story is told primarily from two points of view, Laura and Prudence, and also with two chapters from Sarah's perspective. The Prudence chapters are very well written. She has such a simple understanding of the world and her logic is explained beautifully. It is both heart breaking and joyful to read. Sarah's chapters are to fill in the backgrounds on Laura childhood and how she met Prudence, as well as insight into what it was like living on the Lower East Side. This contrasts nicely with present day Laura and how she's changed based on those events.

It's a beautiful story, one that pulls at the heart strings. ( )
  Narilka | Mar 4, 2016 |
Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper

★★★★

This is a story shown mostly from a Cat’s, Prudence, point of view with a sprinkling from a couple human points of views to help with a back story. This is from the same author who brought you the true story of her blind cat, Homer, found in Homer’s Odyssey (sadly Homer passed away a couple weeks ago). While this book is NOT a true story, unlike her last, it was still a great read. It might have been over 300 pages but I had trouble putting this book down and I just went through it like it was late getting back to the library (Ok…so it WAS late getting back to the library…but that’s not the point).

I enjoyed the point of view through Prudence. She has the innocent and truthful voice of a young child but the attitude of an adult. I couldn’t help but feel like my cats think similarly at times. I did sometimes find the simplistic thought process a bit annoying but it’s as if the author knew this and threw it human chapters just in time, breaking up the monotony and adding greatly to the story. Not only did I love Prudence but I loved the other characters. In particular I felt like I could relate to Laura in many ways. I just wanted to hug her. Luckily, there wasn’t one character in this book that wasn’t formed and found completely lovable. In the end, this book was about love, family, and friendship. It might sound like a cheesy premise but it was the kind of book I needed now. Anyone with animals in their lives (regardless of cat, dog, whatever) knows that they are more than just pets, they’re family and this book illustrates that point beautifully. I laughed at points and cried at others. A well written book and an enjoyable read.
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  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
Absolutely loved the book. As a owner of 2 elderly cats it sure has told me a lot about the thinking behind those staring eyes. The parts about Laura, the lawyer working in a big NYC law firm, are absolutely right, as we had a family member go through all of it! So the anonymous female lawyer sources that provided info to the author know exactly what they are talking about. Can't wait to read more books by the author! ( )
  yukon92 | Aug 1, 2015 |
I really really liked this book. The author, Gwen Cooper, also wrote Homer's Odyessy. This one is much more sad, and I kept hoping it would become "happier" until I cried my way to the end, loving it all the way. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Jul 7, 2014 |
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Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
-William S. Burroughs
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For Scarlet, the original Purdence
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For Vashti, sweeter than Honey
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

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.

So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper’s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.

When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn’t come home. From Prudence’s perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They’re carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.

Suddenly Prudence finds herself living in a strange apartment with humans she barely knows. It could take years to train them in the feline courtesies and customs (for example, a cat should always be fed before the humans, and at the same exact time every day) that Sarah understood so well. Prudence clings to the hope that Sarah will come back for her while Laura, a rising young corporate attorney, tries to push away memories of her mother and the tumultuous childhood spent in her mother’s dusty downtown record store. But the secret joys, past hurts, and life-changing moments that make every mother-daughter relationship special will come to the surface. With Prudence’s help Laura will learn that the past, like a mother’s love, never dies.

Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny in the ways only a cat can be, Love Saves the Day is a story of hope, healing, and how the love of an animal can make all of us better humans. It’s the story of a mother and daughter divided by the turmoil of bohemian New York, and the opinionated, irrepressible feline who will become the bridge between them. It’s a novel for anyone who’s ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart.
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

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.

So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper’s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.

When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn’t come home. From Prudence’s perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They’re carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.

Suddenly Prudence finds herself living in a strange apartment with humans she barely knows. It could take years to train them in the feline courtesies and customs (for example, a cat should always be fed before the humans, and at the same exact time every day) that Sarah understood so well. Prudence clings to the hope that Sarah will come back for her while Laura, a rising young corporate attorney, tries to push away memories of her mother and the tumultuous childhood spent in her mother’s dusty downtown record store. But the secret joys, past hurts, and life-changing moments that make every mother-daughter relationship special will come to the surface. With Prudence’s help Laura will learn that the past, like a mother’s love, never dies.

Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny in the ways only a cat can be, Love Saves the Day is a story of hope, healing, and how the love of an animal can make all of us better humans. It’s the story of a mother and daughter divided by the turmoil of bohemian New York, and the opinionated, irrepressible feline who will become the bridge between them. It’s a novel for anyone who’s ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart.

Advance praise for Love Saves the Day
 
“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. That, in itself, is a reason to stand up and cheer.”—Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat From Hell and author of Cat Daddy

“Finally, publishers are realizing cats can write. You go, Prudence!”—New York Times bestselling author Sneaky Pie Brown (via her spokeshuman, Rita Mae Brown)

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Losing her home when her owner passes away, Prudence the brown tabby cat is taken in by her former owner's grieving daughter, who maintains a meticulously organized life to avoid the pain of past losses and memories about her dynamic relationship with her mother.… (more)

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