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Homer’s Odyssey

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(not the Simpson)

How does someone who is allergic to cats…and quite frankly doesn’t like cats come to read a novel about a cat?

Well for starters it is a New York Times BestSeller, and I’ve come to read mostly books from best seller lists.

I had my qualms as I started to read(the book), not just a novel about a cat but really an Autobiography of the author and her life with the cat.   While I enjoy the occasional Autobiography, and/or biography of various people how could someone as young as Gwen Cooper really have anything that insightful, that interesting.

Throughout the book Gwen quotes “Homer, The Odyssey” and those quotes were well picked and placed at the start of chapters.


I finished the book in a few days so guess what?? It must have been good.

Let me share one, just one quote from the book.

Sometimes, I thought, you could end up resenting someone in direct proportion to how important it was to you to make them happy.  The resentment was second only to the devastation you would feel if you lost that someone altogether.

The book follows Homer from a few weeks old details his harrowing early life and how he became blind.

Just as the book follows Homer it follows Gwen, a young woman who has had cats before but never a blind cat.

From over-protectiveness to the love of a parent she mothers Homer and in some ways is schooled by Homer

From Florida to New York, from single-hood to married life, from scrimping to doing ok, and from peace to survival this book covers it all.

Homer has since passed on I learned on her website, you can read more about Gwen there

Gwen also gives some of her proceeds to charity and it says on her website:

I donate 10% of my royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals;

enjoy a little Gwen and Homer


About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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