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A bestseller in France and winner of Japan's Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living.

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A bestseller in France and winner of Japan's Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife—the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens . . .

As Kenzaburo Oe has remarked, Takashi Hiraide's work "really shines." His poetry, which is remarkably cross-hatched with beauty, has been acclaimed here for "its seemingly endless string of shape-shifting objects and experiences,whose splintering effect is enacted via a unique combination of speed and minutiae."

"Shih's narration gives the story a sense of the ordinariness of life while still keeping the listener engaged. . . . While this is a short novel, listeners may be so charmed that they finish it and start it again immediately." ---AudioFile

"This is a beautiful, ornate read, brimming with philosophical observation, humor and intelligence, leaving the reader anticipating more translated works of Hiraide." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"A multifaceted tale that explores love and the fragility of life; the author creates an introspective, poetic story that's deeply moving." ---Kirkus

"An unusually intimate, detailed and vivid picture of a place that is simultaneously private and open." ---New York Times
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The Guest Cat

Author Takashi Hiraide

Narrated by David Shih

Publication date Dec 27, 2016

Running time 3 hrs 22 min

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