jack to margaret: it’s a snooze, mom

MY UPCOMING DROPOUT MEMOIR (“And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” February 2011, Grand Central Publishing) is no longer a private matter—not some secret document whose life plays out on my dining table and my editor’s desk. Recently it pulled itself together into what’s called an Advance Reading Copy, resembling a paperback version of the book-to-be, and showed off at BookExpo America, a trade fair at the Javits Center in New York City. My publisher also sent me an actual copy of the book lookalike (bookalike?), which I immediately showed to Jack the Demon Cat. Big mistake.

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June 10, 2010


  1. Amy says

    Clearly Jack — although he has many other very charming qualities — is no literary critic. Can’t wait for a copy!

  2. says

    Margaret I am so thankful to have found your site. I feel at last I have peace in my life but am missing having cats around. Yes I have a wonderful garden, small yet surrounded by the trees I love but I yearn for a place in the country where I can grow more, see more wildlife and immerse myself in the loveliness and solitude of nature.

    Thank you for inspiration and now a determination to find that place where I can find what I am looking for.

  3. lynn says

    I love the story of how you and Jack came to be together, i too have a stray cat that seems to be hanging around, i have never really been a “Cat Person”, but, i find myself calling to our stray, looking for him, or her, how did you get Jack to come in closer? Sounds like it was just meant to be!!!

    • says

      @Lynn: He was once a domestic cat, we think; he was neutered, and friendly enough, when he arrived, except if you tried to bring him indoors or hold him. Food was always his big interest. :) So I put a box with towels in it outside on the porch and food and water, and gradually he got more interested in me. Then I set up a bed for him in the shed near the house….and so on. It wasn’t until years later, when I moved here fulltime, that he deigned to come into the Big House (mine).

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