Teaser Tuesday: If Cats Disappeared from the World

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.

This week my teaser comes from If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura which I received from NetGalley and read at the end of last week. This is a quirky little story that left me a blubbering emotional wreck and incredibly confused about but happy to have read. It’s not out till September (in the UK at any rate) but has been out for a while in Japan, France and I think Germany so I’m assuming it’s safe to post a teaser.

My Teaser

“In order to gain something you have to lose something.”

Mom said it was just obvious. People are always trying to get something for nothing. But that’s just theft. If you’ve gained something it means that someone, somewhere, has lost something. Even happiness is built on someone else’s misfortune.

~ 18% If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura

BlurbIf Cats Disappeared from the World by [Kawamura, Genki]

Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week . . .

Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil our narrator will take himself – and his beloved cat – to the brink. Genki Kawamura’s If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.

This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.


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