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by Britt Collins
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Atria Books
ISBN 1501122592 (ISBN13: 9781501122590)
Homeless, alcoholic, and depressed, Michael King discovers an injured but friendly cat while in Portland, Oregon. After finding no 'lost cat' flyers, Mike and his friends venture around the Western United States as drifters and panhandlers, with the cat Tabor riding on Mike's shoulder. When visiting his foster father in Montana, the veterinarian discovers that Tabor HAS a family, back in Portland, via microchip. After almost two years of being soul-mates, Mike struggles to do the right thing.
This story is not only about Mike and Tabor, it's about Ron Buss, who lost his beloved cat Mata Hari, and how he fought the deep pain of that void. Both men fight prejudice, depression, the loss of love, and the struggle to define themselves in an overwhelming world. Mata/Tabor bridges that gap, and it's a powerful story.
Without a doubt, I recommend this book to all! There are a few HBO words, so perhaps it's not for young children. The author weaves together the separate stories of Mike and Russ between chapters, and we, as readers, live the reality of both men as the book progresses. And you'll fall in love with the cat!