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The Goodbye Cat

By Hiro Arikawa & Philip Gabriel
The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa & Philip Gabriel digital book - Fable

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In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling and beloved The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners’ lives, climbing, comforting, nestling, and sometimes just tripping everyone up in this uplifting collection of tales by international bestselling author Hiro Arikawa.

Against the backdrop of changing seasons in Japan, we meet Spin, a kitten rescued from the recycling bin, whose playful nature and simple needs teach an anxious father how to parent his own human baby; a colony of wild cats on a popular holiday island show a young boy not to stand in nature’s way; a family is perplexed by their cat’s undying devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father; a woman curses how her cat will not stop visiting her at night; and an elderly cat hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be in each other’s lives forever.

Bursting with love and warmth, The Goodbye Cat exquisitely explores the cycle of life, from birth to death—as each of the seven stories explores how, in different ways, the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down. A huge bestseller in Japan, this magical book is a joyous celebration of the wondrousness of cats and why we choose to share our lives with them.

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44 Reviews

3.5
Loudly Crying Face
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provokingUnsatisfying ending
Slightly Smiling Face“A cute, feel good book. I personally preferred The Traveling Cat Chronicles and thought it had far more substance than this book. Although I did very much enjoy seeing things from Hachi’s point of view as well as the return to Nana’s story.”
Original writingRealistic settingFeel goodThought-provoking
Expressionless Face“DNF at 57% This book includes seven short stories. I was told it’s like “Marley and Me” so I knew I would likely cry. But I LOVE cats, and I’d read anything with them. I found the first story incredibly moving. It beautifully depicted the bond between a family and their cats, evoking heartfelt emotions. Naturally, I bawled my eyes out. The second story was a bit odd. It was marriage of convenience without convenience to the female character. The presence of the cat was a highlight. Unfortunately, the third story was too unsettling for my taste. I don’t even want to recall it. The fourth story, while sweet, didn't hold my attention as much. Overall, I got bored and while it wasn't for me, I appreciated the emotional depth of the first story.”
Unsatisfying plot
Loudly Crying Face
Likable charactersEasy to readComicalComing of ageFeel goodHeartbreaking

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