Of Cats and Men: Stories

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Dial Press, 2001 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Haughty Bengals, faithful Maine coons, and feral strays: These are the haunting familiars that animate Nina de Gramont's superbly imagined debut collection of short fiction. Prowling through every story, these enigmatic creatures expose the truth that lies beneath the surface of every encounter between women and the men they 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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

This is a collection of stories - mostly dealing with aspects of man/woman relationships. The cats range through the book the way they do through life - inscrutable and always unexpected. The thing I ... Read full review


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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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