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She and Her Cat

By Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa and Ginny Tapley Takemori
She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa and Ginny Tapley Takemori digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

For fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Murata Sayaka’s Earthlings, this Japanese bestseller from renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai features four inspirational and heartwarming vignettes following women and their cats in their quests for love and connection.

Lying alone on the edge of the sidewalk in an abandoned cardboard box, a nameless narrator contemplates the indifferent world around him. With his mother long gone, his only company is the sound of the nearby train. Just as he fears that the end is near, a young woman peers down at him, this fateful encounter changing their lives forever.

So begins the first story in She and Her Cat, a collection of four interrelated, stream-of-conscious short stories in which four women and their feline companions explore the frailty of life, the pain of isolation, and the limits of communication.

With clever narration alternating between the cats and their owners, She and Her Cat offers a unique and sly commentary on human foibles and our desire for connection. A whimsical short story anthology unlike any other, it effortlessly demonstrates that even in our darkest, most lonesome moments, we are still united to this wonderous world—often in ways we could never have expected.

80 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would, but it’s still wonderful. 4.5 stars.”
Colorful personalitiesCuteBeautifully written
Slightly Smiling Face“At first I thought “wow” what a sweet and comforting read. That changed to feeling overwhelmed by chapter 2, feeling more comfortable with chapter 3 again and crying towards the end as well as being in awe. This book was an emotional rollercoaster, and I will say, it was everything but what I expected it to be like. I’m glad I finally managed to read “She and Her Cat” as it has to be one of my favourite reads of this year so far! 🤍 Definitely recommend this book!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growOriginal charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenConversationalRomanticTragicUnpredictableRealistic setting
Slightly Smiling Face“Loved how easy this book was to read! The short interconnected characters and their lives was really interesting🐱”
CuteLikable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readFeel goodHopeful
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I‘ve enjoyed this book so much! It was such a cozy read, especially with a cat laying in your lap while reading”
Characters change and growCuteRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to read
Loudly Crying Face“Love it! There is just something so special about Japanese literature and how they tackle the everyday life. This book was beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful. Cannot wait to see what the author writes next!!!”
Characters change and growCuteLikable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic settingHeartbreakingHopeful

About Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai is the hugely popular and multi-award-winning anime filmmaker of Your Name and Weathering with You

Naruki Nagakawa

Naruki Nagakawa is a Japanese game and anime screenwriter, and novelist. She and Her Cat is inspired by Makoto Shinkai’s praised anime and written by Nagakawa, and will be published around the world. 

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