Love Saves the Day: A Novel

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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, 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.Praise for Love Saves the Day   “Prudence [is a] sassy but sensitive feline heroine.”—Time“Unforgettably moving . . . a hard one to put down.”—Modern Cat   “If you are the Most Important Person to a cat, you will hold them much tighter by the book’s end. If you don’t have a cat, Prudence will have surreptitiously lured you into the danger zone: Falling in love with a cat because they need family, too.”—The Vancouver Sun   “Cooper brings readers a fictional tale that cat lovers will treasure. . . . This book will make most readers laugh and cry, and probably lead them to wonder more often what, exactly, their pet is thinking.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star   “The interspersed viewpoints . . . enrich Cooper’s sensitively told novel that unravels a story (based on actual events) about a century-old tenement building—and the inhabitants therein. That story ultimately serves as the basis to understanding the emotional subtexts of these authentic, well-drawn characters.”—Shelf AwarenessFrom the Hardcover edition.


Love Saves the Day: A Novel
Gwen Cooper
Item Height
8 inches
Item Length
5.19 inches
Item Weight
0.55 pounds
Item Width
0.69 inches
Package Height
0.71 inches
Package Length
7.95 inches
Package Weight
0.53 pounds
Package Width
5.12 inches
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Was too hard to mark this in pros and cons - it's a book! It's a novel by Gwen Cooper, the author of "Homer's Odyssey", which is what made me buy it to begin with. I read this book over two days, because I just couldn't put it down. It was awhile ago, but I believe every chapter is told from a different point of view. Some of it from the POV of Prudence (the protagonist, who happens to be a cat), the daughter of the cat's owner, as well as Prudence's owner. The majority is told in first person, although there were some parts that were told in third person. It sounds more confusing than it is once you read it.

I didn't expect to get so involved in this book, but my attention was kept to the point I was reading it well into the night. You feel everything the characters are feeling, and there are some really shocking parts in there. Left me with a very "Whoa..." feeling. Also, be prepared with tissues. There's some tear-jerker parts in there too.

Overall, it's a great book. Without giving away details, it's about the life of a cat and her owner, and how sometimes life throws us a curveball. Also makes you think a bit as a cat owner about things you just normally don't think about.


Reply to Review: Great novel
Not every chapter is from a different POV, but it does cycle between three perspectives: a cat named Prudence (who was a street stray lured to her owner by the sound of singing), her owner Sarah (who only speaks two or three times the whole book), and Laura (Sarah's daughter.) The book has several things going on at the same time; there's a story of coming to terms with grief (from both a human and an animal perspective) of losing love and finding love, and what it really means to be a family. Warning: if you have any emotions at all, you will cry reading this book.