My Cat Spit McGee
By Willie Morris
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375706936, 160pp.)
Publication Date: November 14, 2000
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With endearing humor and unabashed compassion, Willie Morris--a self-declared dog man and author of the classic paean to canine kind, My Dog Skip--reveals the irresistible story of his unlikely friendship with a cat. Forced to confront a lifetime of kitty-phobia when he marries a cat woman, Willie discovers that Spit McGee, a feisty kitten with one blue and one gold eye, is nothing like the foul felines that lurk in his nightmares.
For when Spit is just three weeks old he nearly dies, but is saved by Willie with a little help from Clinic Cat, which provides a blood transfusion. Spit is tied to Willie thereafter, and Willie grows devoted to a companion who won't fetch a stick, but whose wily charm and occasional crankiness conceal a fount of affection, loyalty, and a "rare and incredible intelligence." My Cat Spit McGee is one of the finest books ever written about a cat, and a moving and entertaining tribute to an enduring friendship.
Willie Morris died in 1999.
"Funny and endearing." --The Washington Post Book World
"[Willie Morris is] one of the most beloved writers of the modern South." --The New York Times
"Remarkably engaging. . . . Morris poignantly captures the deep, elusive kinship between man and kitty." --Entertainment Weekly
"In this lovely sequel to My Dog Skip, Morris shows that old dogs can learn new tricks." --Southern Living