Homer's Odyssey : A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
Publication Date: 7 September 2010
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....
Reading Group Guide
Homer teaches Gwen many life lessons. Which would you say was most transformative in her life? Why?
What makes Homer such a special cat? His personality, his challenges, his circumstances, or all three?
Homer's life has often revolved around taking a leap of faith. What universal themes, such as this, does Homer's story evoke?
What do you make of the quotes from The Odyssey that start each chapter?
Gwen comes to New York looking for success: in business, in life, in love. Was she right to worry about being a single gal with three cats? How does Homer help pave the way?
How much of a role do the Miami and New York City settings play in this book?