Published by Berkley Books on October 23rd 2018
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“On our last journey, let’s see all kinds of amazing things. Let’s spend our time taking in as many wonderful sights as we can.”
Satoru has found and befriended a stray cat who he later names Nana. Nana reminds him of a cat, Hatchi, he had as a child. As he beings to feed Nana his “crunchies”, they slowly develop an affinity for each other. After Nana is hit by a car, Satoru brings him home and the two live a happy life together. Until….
“I know this is a bit sudden, but can you take my cat for me?”
After five years of living together, Satoru is looking for a new home for Nana. As the two travel in a sliver an across Japan, they will see many wondrous sights and meet important people from Satoru’s childhood. As they make stops at many of Satoru’s friends’ homes, the reader is given glimpses into Satoru’s childhood and his loving and tender nature. With each stop, Nana makes an impression and makes it known that he does not want to be apart from Satoru. Each has found the other. Each has benefited from their relationship. They are lonely, they are loyal, they are a pair, they will pull on your heartstrings, they might make you cry.
“Don’t leave me… Stay with me.”
“I will never, ever, leave him.”
Why is Satoru looking for a new home for Nana? Will he find a new home? Will Nana stay with Satoru? This wonderful little gem of a book is full of heart. I guessed why Satoru was looking for a new home for Nana, the cat named because of the shape of his tail. The story tells of their time together and is complimented with the insightful thoughts of Nana the cat. Through the story, Nana gives his point of view, his opinions and often converses with other animals. He attempts to teach a kitten how to hunt and be a “cat”, he talks to dog’s and the reader is privy to his thoughts about his owner and those they meet. I loved how the Author captured Nana’s spirit and his feline behaviors such as preference for boxes, food, affection and how he is touched. Pets are family members and I loved how the Author showed this in the book. Satoru and Nana loved each other and their devotion and loyalty to each other was evident.
This is a touching tale of love, acceptance, finding a home, making a home and saying goodbye. Keep some tissues on hand as this book pulls at the heartstrings. It is easy to care for both Satoru and Nana.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful and Satisfying.
***This book was written by Hiro Arikawa, published in Japanese and later translated to English by Philip Gabriel,
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.