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The Goodbye Cat (Hardcover)

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When I read The Travelling Cat Chronicles years ago, I felt like it was a book that a reader of any age could relate to, especially if they loved cats. I feel the same way about The Goodbye Cat, a collection of seven stories that explore the emotional depths of love and companionship between humans and their feline family members in a perfect balance of charming and bittersweet.  The Goodbye Cat is so wonderfully heartwarming and heartrending at once-- perfect for fans of novels like The Cat Who Saved Books and Before the Coffee Gets Cold.

— From Andrew


In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling and beloved The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners’ lives, climbing, comforting, nestling, and sometimes just tripping everyone up in this uplifting collection of tales by international bestselling author Hiro Arikawa.

Against the backdrop of changing seasons in Japan, we meet Spin, a kitten rescued from the recycling bin, whose playful nature and simple needs teach an anxious father how to parent his own human baby; a colony of wild cats on a popular holiday island show a young boy not to stand in nature’s way; a family is perplexed by their cat’s undying devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father; a woman curses how her cat will not stop visiting her at night; and an elderly cat hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be in each other’s lives forever.

Bursting with love and warmth, The Goodbye Cat exquisitely explores the cycle of life, from birth to death—as each of the seven stories explores how, in different ways, the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down. A huge bestseller in Japan, this magical book is a joyous celebration of the wondrousness of cats and why we choose to share our lives with them.

About the Author

Hiro Arikawa is a renowned author from Tokyo. Her novel The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a bestseller in Japan and has been made into a feature film.

Philip Gabriel is a highly experienced translator of Japanese and is best known for his translation work with Haruki Murakami.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593815700
ISBN-10: 059381570X
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English