Of Cats and Men

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Haughty Bengals, faithful Maine coons, and feral strays: These are the haunting familiars that animate Nina De Gramont's critically acclaimed debut collection of short fiction. Prowling through every story, these enigmatic creatures expose the hidden fears and passions of the female heart, and illuminate the profound truths of men and love.

A young woman finds two dark surprises in her home: a magpie dismembered by her mischievous cat, and an unsettling glimpse of her fiancÚ’s secret inclinations...

A pregnant housewife quietly suffers a visit from her troubled brother-in-law while her hidden anger comes to life in the suddenly hostile behavior of her docile house cat...

A frustrated newlywed clings to the last vestige of her well-appointed upbringing--a pampered Himalayan high point--until a rangy stray cat shows her the true meaning of marriage...

As clever, finessed, and keen as the feline disposition it celebrates, Of Cats and Men marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.


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OF CATS AND MEN: Stories

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Debut collection of linked stories focusing on an all-too-common contemporary type: a tense, persnickety woman on one side or another of 30, beset by vague feelings of disappointment and the dawning ... Read full review

Of cats and men: stories

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As the title states, this collection of ten stories revolves around cats and men. Set all over the country, from Colorado to Cape Cod to California, the stories concern the variety of human ... Read full review

Contents

The Nature of the Beast
1
The Closest Place
23
The Weclcliiig Bed
54
The Politeness of_Kings I
126
Stealing Babys Breath
174
Lieutenant Island
201
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Nina de Gramont teaches fiction at the Harvard Extension School. She lives on Cape Cod, with her husband, David Gessner.


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