A wise and witty cat and his gentle master share an indomitable spirit that helps them survive and thrive in any situation in this Japanese bestseller.
The white cat with the crooked tail is happy with life as a stray. He is just fine without humans, thank you very much. But when a car hits him, breaking his leg, he thinks of the kind man who leaves him food and lets him sleep on the hood of his van. Satoru Miyawaki welcomes the stray that shows up at his door and nurses him back to health. He names the cat Nana, the Japanese word for the numeral seven, the shape of the cat’s crooked tale. Nana and Satoru form a bond of love and loyalty that grows deeper over the five-plus years they share their lives. So it’s a surprise when Satoru embarks on a road trip across Japan with Nana in an attempt to find a new home for the cat with childhood friends. The reason for the journey is revealed later, and we also learn details of Satoru’s life through conversations with his friends and Nana’s smart-alecky commentary. Despite its seeming simplicity, the novel contains surprising depth. Arikawa artfully portrays Nana’s “catness,” from the subtle flick of an ear to a lashing tail. He pairs Nana with the gentle soul of Satoru, who has learned to allow the trials of life to strengthen him and polish his spirit. And he leads readers to see what Satoru learned and Nana already knew: that the key to a well-lived life is acceptance.
Gentle, soft-spoken, and full of wisdom.