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Cat Man (A Short Story)

Cat Man (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Monley
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Product Description

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.

From the moment Grace sees Roger at a party lavishing affection on a cat, she knows that there is something strangely special about him. New York has been hard on Grace, and she’s struck by the kind, confident stranger.

The two become roommates soon after; and though Roger has some odd, reclusive habits, his positive effect on Grace’s life is immediate, and she’s happier than she’s been in ages. It’s not long before Grace’s life begins to revolve around Roger and the two fall in love. But Roger has a strange secret that goes far beyond his apparent eccentricities. Things take an eerie turn when Grace finds herself helping him through a bizarre transition.

Award-winning author Heather Monley’s Cat Man is a surreal tale of transformation and the unintended consequences of falling in love.

About the Author

Heather Monley is the winner of the 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, and her work has also appeared in Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2410 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publisher: StoryFront (18 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This delightfully unusual short story tells the curious tale of Grace and Roger, whose relationship comes about after they meet at a party and Grace sees Roger unabashedly lavishing affection on a cat. The two become entwined in each other's lives as Roger helps Grace in finding a job and somewhere to live and slowly but surely her life begins to revolve around him. However, Roger has a huge secret and as a result Grace finds that the role she plays in his life changes.

The story is told in the present tense and I have to admit I don't tend to like that too much in my reading as it often comes across as laborious. In this instance though I didn't mind and in fact rather think it suited the ethereal nature of the story perfectly. This is a quirky short that is well worth trying if you fancy something imaginative.

A pleasurable 4* read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and thought provoking 15 May 2014
By eric anderson - Published on
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Brilliant story that really makes you wonder who is better off - the cat or the person.

Buy and read! You won't be disappointed!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read – more Kafka than Poe, it turns out 26 April 2014
By Doug P. - Published on
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Monley's writing is so simple and clear and easy to follow that it was unnerving from the start, like somebody leading me slowly down a hallway while glancing back continuously to make sure I'm keeping up. It was so easy to read I sort of felt patronized, but I was sure the simple and vivid narrative was paving the way for a nasty surprise. Subtle details suggest it, I think. Creepy Roger loves cats - he's sort of caught making out with one - but he doesn't own any himself. Maybe he's killed them all? Didn't someone say that if you have a cat in the first act, its eye must be gouged out in the second? Roger could be straight out of a Poe story, or Hitchcock (I'm thinking Norman Bates). But Monley's style is more like Kafka than Poe. No gouging or killing. It's more likely that Roger would turn into a cat. I love how the story creates dread (at least for me) by remaining outwardly innocuous, like Roger and his apartment. The story's details carry a subtle humor and wit from start to finish, although the muffin salad made me laugh out loud. My laugh never turned into a scream of horror, as I thought and maybe hoped it would. I came close when she mentioned the idea of sleeping with Roger. If the story went just one paragraph further, I think she would get her eye gouged out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful -- not typical love story 15 Feb 2014
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This short story is a great example of magic realism. I love the way the author describes the details, so that you smell and feel what is being described. It is a wonderful tale of a young girl in New York City who needs a cheap place to live. Through Grace's eyes we learn about secrets, relationships (with both humans and animals), and financial struggles, that place two people together. I loved this story.
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