From “a genuine American Dostoevsky” (Washington Post), a dazzling, funny, and bittersweet exploration of
the mysteries of relationship—both human and animal
When his favorite cat Biscuit goes missing, Peter
Trachtenberg sets out to find her. The journey takes him seven hundred miles
and many years into his past—into the history of his relationships with cats
and the history of his relationship with his wife F., who may herself be on the
verge of disappearing. What ensues is a work that recalls travel narratives
from The Incredible Journey to W. G.
Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Trachtenberg ponders the mysteries of feline intelligence (why do cats score
worse on some tests than pigeons?), the origins of their domestication, and
their terrible treatment during the Middle Ages. He also looks at the riddle of
why any of us loves whom we love and all the unforeseen places to which that
devotion leads us. Download and start listening now!