Okay, I had to HAD TO blog this.  Wendy from Musings of Bookish Kitty talked about the book Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper yesterday

Amazon.com Review
Book Description
Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens…

The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.

But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes.

Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits—on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.

In her blog post, The Spoiler Odyssey (Well, Sort Of), Wendy relayed the humorous details of her quest to know whether the cat Homer suffers or dies before deciding to read it.  She put forth the question in her online reading group with some interesting results (go and read it, it’s quite a fun post 😉 ).

I commented:

I have the book on my ARC-alanche pile, and I’m dying to get to it. My middle daughter’s name is Gwen and she loves cats, so she wants me to read it to her (she’s special needs and reads at about a 2nd-3rd grade level)….

and was surprised to receive an email from Wendy forwarding the author’s comment offering to send a finished copy of the book as well as an audio book for my daughter, adding “What’s not to love about another Gwen who loves cats??? 🙂 ”  It is such an absolutely sweet and wonderful thing for her to do, and I got a little lumpy in my throat reading it.

Here’s Gwen in her first video appearance after I read her the comments:

I Love you, GWEN COOPER!! and Wendy for letting me know 😉


7 Responses

  1. I got teary eyed watching the video – your Gwen is adorable and it’s wonderful to see her so excited about a book!

  2. That’s so sweet!

    Thanks for sharing– I was interested in this book anyway, but this pushes it WAY up on my purchase list!

  3. That’s so sweet of Ms. Cooper! I’m sure Gwen will enjoy the book all the more because of how it came into your home.

  4. Love your girl! Finding a book that makes you so excited that you can’t speak is truly one of life’s great pleasures.

    Now I have yet another book to add to my TBR pile 🙂

  5. Aw, how wonderful! I’m so glad that Gwen is so excited about the book, I hope she loves it.

  6. Darn it! You’re making me break my own rule a second time!

    (I said on Wendy’s blog that I usually don’t comment on blogs like this–because I think people should be able to discuss a book online without feeling like the author is “eavesdropping” and making everybody self-conscious.)


    But I had to chime in and say…your video absolutely made me cry. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful. It is absolutely thrilling to see somebody so excited about reading the book! It always makes me feel good to know that, even in book form, Homer is going to a loving home.

    I saw that you sent me an email, and I’ll respond to it a bit later in the day. My mother is staying with my husband and me for the first time since our wedding (gulp!), so I’m spending every second before she wakes up cleaning something. Y’know…so she doesn’t think I’m still a sloppy teenager. 😉

    Thank you–so, so much. I can’t even tell you how you made my day!

  7. I think it’s so nice of the author to offer. I would be jumping up and down too! I got teary-eyed watching the video. I hope Gwen enjoys the book!

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