Read The Astonishing Thing Online Free - In her inventive, sometimes bittersweet, ultimately uplifting debut, Sandi Ward draws readers into one extraordinary cat's quest to make sense of her world, illuminating the limits and mysterious depths of love . . .
Pet owners know that a cat's loyalty is not easily earned. Boo, a resourceful young feline with a keen eye and inquiring mind, has nonetheless grown intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. Several days ago, Carrie--or Mother, as Boo calls her--suddenly went away, leaving her family, including Boo, in disarray. Carrie's husband, Tommy, is distant and distracted even as he does his best to care for Boo's human siblings, especially baby Finn.
Boo worries about who will fill her food dish, and provide a warm lap to nestle into. More pressing still, she's trying to uncover the complicated truth about why Carrie left. Though frequently mystified by human behavior, Boo is sure that Carrie once cared passionately for Tommy and adores her children, even the non-feline ones. But she also sees it may not be enough to make things right. Perhaps only a cat--a wise, observant, very determined cat--can do that . . .
Wonderfully tender and insightful, The Astonishing Thing explores the intricacies of marriage and family through an unforgettable perspective at the center of it all.
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December 24, 2017
Have you ever wondered what your family pet is thinking?
Don’t be deceived by the gorgeous cover of this book, or that the narrator of this story is a cat. Boo is an inquisitive and sensitive creature who loves her family, especially “Mother” with whom she shares a special bond. When “Mother” leav...
November 27, 2017
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
Sandi Ward, an American author, has penned a heart warming debut contemporary fiction called The Astonishing Thing that is centered around a regular...
September 24, 2017
This book had me all sorts of curious, as I've never read a book from a POV of a cat (or non human) before, and I really enjoyed my time with Boo (or Fat Fat, or her many other names). The book surprised me in a lot of ways, being both straightforward, yet complex -- serious, yet funny -- and uni...
November 21, 2017
Well, if there is a cat on a cover my ACB (automatic cat buy) is triggered. Sometimes this causes problems cause not enough cat time is included in the story and this can lead to EPIC ranty moments.
I hate that.
However, I am delighted to say that not enough cat time is NOT an issue with this book...
April 30, 2017
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Boo's voice, as she tells about the brokenness of her family and her desperation to help them pick up the shattered pieces, is endearing, irresistible, sometimes painful, and unforgettable. She has curled up and nestled herself into a permanent place in my heart. Her perspective...
January 11, 2018
3.75 stars Thanks to author Sandi Ward and Kensington books for a chance to read this ARC.
An out of the ordinary story told by a very unconventional narrator - the family cat, Boo.
Shortly after the birth of their third child Tommy and Carrie begin to do a lot of fighting. Their teenage children...
May 14, 2017
The Astonishing Thing takes a unique perspective on a family's drama. Narrated by Boo, the family cat, the story is filtered through a level of innocence and questioning that I found really touching. At first, this feels like a mystery as clues become available to make sense of the world around u...
May 26, 2017
This is an incredibly sweet and charming novel--but it doesn't shy away from difficult subject matter, either. In classic feline form, Boo's voice had me smiling at her wry observations and self-awareness. I love that the dog is referred to as Not a Cat. I love that Boo points out that the eldest...
April 29, 2017
Both charming and thought-provoking, The Astonishing Thing delves into complex family relationships and mental illness. Narrated by the opinionated family cat, Boo, the novel follows one family's path from broken to healing.
When "Mother" first leaves, Boo is confused and hurt. As time progresses,...
May 19, 2017
I was dubious about the idea of a family in distress narrated by the home's cat, but Sandi Ward makes it work. The cat, Boo, has a partial and self-interested view of what's going on, much as a child would, yet is also a keen-eyed and loving member of the family, struggling to make sense of puzzl...