Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blog Tour and Spotlight on HOMER'S ODYSSEY by Gwen Cooper

By Gwen Cooper

Publisher: Dell Publishing
Pub. Date: August 2009
Sales Rank: 367

Synopsis (from the publisher):

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.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to visit the author's website.


Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Children’s Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti.


Missy said...

I loved this book as well!

Zibilee said...

I am so psyched to read this book. I have seen it being mentioned in several places, and think it looks similar to Dewey the Library Cat, which I also loved. I think this one looks a bit more touching though. When I do finally get a chance to read it I will let you know what I think.

Amy said...

I have seen several interviews with the author and she seems very cool and Homer's the best. I think my many cats would be jealous of him but I still want to read the book! It's fantastic that you received this book as part of the Blog tour! Thank you for highlighting it!

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Thanks for this.