Lost Cat

Lost Cat: A Memoir

Paperback Published on: 05/11/2020
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Lost Cat
What a writer! She tells so much in less than a 100 pages, it really is a masterclass in writing. As for the cat , well.... Please just read this it really... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Lost Cat
The beauty and terror of love
“It is hard to protect a person you love from pain, because people often choose pain; I am a person who often chooses pain. An animal will never choose pai... READ MORE
Hannah @fictionalhannah
Lost Cat
A little masterpiece
A moving account of loss, and different kinds of mourning. Gaitskill examines family relationships, such as that which she has with her father, imagining t... READ MORE


‘Last year I lost my cat Gattino. He was very young, at seven months barely an adolescent. He is probably dead but I don’t know for certain.’ So begins Mary Gaitskill’s stunning book-length essay, the closest thing she has written to a memoir. Lost Cat begins with the story of how Gaitskill rescued a stray cat in Italy and brought him to live with her in the US, where he went missing. As she explores the unexpected trauma of her loss, Gaitskill describes how she came to foster two siblings, Caesar and Natalia, a pair of inner-city children who spent summers and holidays with Gaitskill and her husband. The joys and ultimate difficulties of this relationship leads to a searing examination of loss, love, safety and fear. Gaitskill applies her razor-sharp writing to her most personal subjects yet.

  • Publisher: Daunt Books
  • ISBN: 9781911547808
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Lost Cat
A masterpiece!
This essay provides an examination of the painful risks we take when loving deeply, while highlighting the beauty and joy of such tender connections. The a... READ MORE
Kylie Hull