I approached reading Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology with apprehension. I find the thought of a cat going missing so gut-wrenching, it’s just not something I want to think about a whole lot. But thankfully, Caroline Paul’s cat Tibby wasn’t lost forever – five weeks after he disappeared, he returned home, looking fat and happy. And the author and her partner and illustrator of the book, Wendy MacNaughton, found themselves wondering where Tibby had gone and why he had left.
To answer these questions, Caroline and Wendy turned into stalkers. From GPS tracking devices to animal communicators, pet detectives and psychics, to covert missions through their neighborhood, they stopped at nothing to uncover the mystery of Tibby’s disappearance. Those of us who have occasionally demonstrated even mildly obsessive behavior when it comes to our cats will recognize ourselves in this poignant memoir.
Caroline’s warm and honest, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking narrative, along with Wendy’s whimsical and charming illustrations, made reading this book an utterly delightful experience. It will make you smile, it will occasionally make you cry, and it will most definitely captivate your heart. I particularly loved Caroline’s distinction between a “cat person” and a “kitty person”- and you’ll just have to read the book to find out what that is.
This is a small book and a quick read – purr-fect for an afternoon when you need a little kitty pick me up.
Caroline Paul is the author of East Wind, Rain and Fighting Fire. Wendy MacNaughton is the creator of the acclaimed Rumpus illustrated column, Meanwhile, and her work has appeared widely in publications including The New York Times, Print Magazine, GOOD Magazine, PEN America and Bon Appetit. For more information about the authors, please visit http://www.carolinepaul.com and http://www.wendymacnaughton.com.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.