Lost Cat: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Lost Cat: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 05/11/2020
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In Mary Gaitskill’s supremely skilled hands, this book length essay about a cat’s disappearance is transformed into an artful meditation on loss, love and the double-edged consequences of close relationships.

‘Last year I lost my cat Gattino. He was very young, at seven months barely an adolescent. He is probably dead but I don’t know for certain.’

So begins Mary Gaitskill’s stunning book-length essay, the closest thing she has written to a memoir. Lost Cat begins with the story of how Gaitskill rescued a stray cat in Italy and brought him to live with her in the US, where he went missing.

As she explores the unexpected trauma of her loss, Gaitskill describes how she came to foster two siblings, Caesar and Natalia, a pair of inner-city children who spent summers and holidays with Gaitskill and her husband. The joys and ultimate difficulties of this relationship leads to a searing examination of loss, love, safety and fear. Gaitskill applies her razor-sharp writing to her most personal subjects yet.

Publisher: Daunt Books
ISBN: 9781911547808
Number of pages: 96
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“Gorgeous!”

What a writer! She tells so much in less than a 100 pages, it really is a masterclass in writing. As for the cat , well.... Please just read this it really needs to be seen to be believed.

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“A little masterpiece”

A moving account of loss, and different kinds of mourning. Gaitskill examines family relationships, such as that which she has with her father, imagining the ways that his own experience of loss shaped him as a person... More

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