The Trav­el­ling Cat Chron­i­cles

The Week (US) - - Arts - By Hiro Arikawa (Berkly, $20)

This Ja­panese best-seller could break the ici­est cynic, said Ilana Masad in I was skep­ti­cal my­self when I heard it was nar­rated in part by a wary stray cat that has been adopted by a Tokyo loner. But when 30-yearold Sa­toru takes Nana on a cross-coun­try road trip to visit friends who might pro­vide the pet a new home, the emo­tional pull of the story be­comes hard to re­sist. Though the novel is joy­ful at heart, its end­ing packs a wal­lop: “I found my­self sob­bing through the last 40 pages or so.”

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