The Cat and The City

A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick
by Nick Bradley
$39.99

Publisher: Atlantic Books

Publication Date: June 02, 2020

ISBN: 9781786499882

Binding: Hardcover

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In Tokyo&;one of the world's largest megacities&;a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways. But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers&;from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo's denizens, drawing them ever closer. In a series of spellbinding, interlocking narratives&;with styles ranging from manga to footnotes&;Nick Bradley has hewn a novel of interplay and estrangement; of survival and self-destruction; of the desire to belong and the need to escape. Formally inventive and slyly political, The Cat and The City is a lithe thrill-ride through the less-glimpsed streets of Tokyo.