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 The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa a book I read at the weekend and am still not really over. It’s an incredibly beautiful and moving story about the relationship between a man and the stray cat he adopts (or rather the cat that adopts him). I don’t usually read books like this because they upset me too much but despite this absolutely and thoroughly breaking my heart I am glad I got to experience it.
And then there he was , framed against the sky, gazing down at me. The instant our eyes met, his stern look melted. His eyes softened and light caught the trails of water sliding down his cheeks.
Pg170, The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed. They visit Satoru’s old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.
Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human.