The Feline Mystique
On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
By Clea Simon
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312268817, 256pp.)
Publication Date: August 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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What is it with women and cats? The Feline Mystique is the first serious examination of the intense relationship between woman and their cats and of the repercussions that bond can have on others. Richly researched and searchingly personal, The Feline Mystique uses history, science, art, and literature as touchpoints to explain and explore contemporary women's lives with their cats.
From a glamorous tiger trainer to a feral-cat rescuer, from a show breeder to Simon and her own relationship with the gray longhair Cyrus, this book will introduce you to women both ferocious and nurturing and animals both whimsical and noble. It's a fresh, fascinating exploration of the timeless bond between women and cats, and will deepen your understanding of your relationship with your own feline-be he or she tiger or tabby.
A cat person's answer to Pack of Two and The Secret Life of Dogs, The Feline Mystique is an eye-opening and soul-soothing book for all cat lovers.
Clea Simon is a Boston-based writer and journalist, who contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Ms., and a variety of other publications. She is the author of Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings and Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads.