Last week, we finally met Gwen Cooper, the NY Times best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey. She’s on a book tour purrmoting her new work, Love Saves the Day.
Gwen read excerpts of Love Saves the Day, then spoke about Homer and fielded questions from the rapt audience. Everyone was eager to find out how Homer is doing — he was diagnosed recently with a liver condition which they have not been able to treat because Homer has been, um … “uncoopereative” — six roiling pounds of “hell no.” In fact, his vet told him never to come back. But Homer appears to be doing just fine, and his appetite for fresh deli turkey (not more than 24 hrs old, please) and buttered lobster is as hearty as ever.
Love Saves the Day is a charming story told from a cat’s purrspective that explores the intricate relattionahip between a mother and daughter, framed around the true-life story of a century-old tenement building in New York. It is a bittersweet, tragic, redemptive, deftly spun story that stays with you long after you turn the last page.
Homer’s Odyssey has been translated into dozens of languages around the globe, and Love Saves the Day is likely to meet with similar success.
The high point of the afternoon was getting to meet Gwen’s cat guy hubby, Lawrence. He’s the one who goes down to the corner deli every. single. morning. to buy Homer his deli turkey.
ARM & HAMMER® is donating 500 pounds of litter to each shelter and rescue group on the tour. The shelters and rescue groups selected to benefit from the tour were picked because of their innovative programs that extend their work with animals into programs that serve humans. They’ve implemented programs that serve the elderly, the homeless, military families, at-risk children, low-income families, disaster survivors, domestic violence victims, and more. Love really does save the day, and not just for the animals these organizations rescue.
Although Gwen’s tour is winding down, there are still some pending stops in L.A., North Carolina and South Carolina, so watch Gwen’s blog for info on stops near you.