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4.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 54.00341296928328 out of 5 4.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gwen Cooper Narrator: Cris Dukehar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, and utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

When five-week-old Prudence, a brown tabby, 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charla | 9/29/2016

    " Great book! I very much enjoyed this book. I love cats and I can tell the author put a lot of effort into what a cat might think or why they do the things that they do. I will be honest and say I enjoyed another book the author has written better "Homer's Odyssey." But this book is still a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolyn Cooper | 2/18/2014

    " This book touched so many heartstrings for me as a cat lover. The author seems to know the mind of a cat and relays so well the message of love between animals and those who love them. I cannot wait to read her first book about her blind cat Homer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darla | 2/12/2014

    " Nice touch of fairly recent history worked thru the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Schnigelfritzbooks | 2/8/2014

    " The author has done a superb job of creating the world from a cat's point of view. This book made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Laugh with Prudence - a cat - as she tries to navigate through a world that's not quite made for cats. Cry with Prudence as she tries to understand why her Most Important Person doesn't come home to her anymore. Sing with Prudence as she rediscovers her Most Important Person's voice. There is not a false note anywhere in this book. Granted, I am a cat lover, but there is much for a non-cat lover (how sad!) to love in this book as the humans negotiate with a sometimes troublesome real world to find forgiveness, redemption and love. This book is slated to come out in January which is too bad. It would make a wonderful gift under the Christmas tree. "

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About the Author

Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Children’s Home, and she initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats—Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer—who aren’t impressed with any of it.