Bono by Helen Brown is not only the story of a rescue cat who needed a foster home but of the woman and her daughter who fostered him in their tiny New York rental apartment. (Lest you make the mistake of pronouncing Bono's name as the last name of Sonny Bono, the author explains that he was named for the lead singer in U2 - bit of a difference there). Bono's became homeless during Hurricane Sandy, had been found bedraggled and quite sick with an infection, so had to have daily meds. and, embarrassing to him, he had been given a "lion-cut" due to his badly matted fur. He was residing at Bide-a-Wee, a real, no-kill shelter in Manhattan, but due to his lack of socialization and his weird hair cut, plus he was FeLV+ so it was unlikely that he would get adopted. He needed a foster who was patient, in a quiet home. He needed time.
Helen went to New York because, quite frankly, she was bored with her life in Australia. Helen had survived breast cancer,had been married for twenty years to a kind, successful, but . "samey" sort of guy and she longed for the bright lights and excitement that she had found when she first visited NYC as a successful author. She had friends in New York and no sooner had she arrived with her young adult daughter Lydia than she got together with a friend, Michaela, who worked at Bide-a-Wee - MIchaela immediately talked her into fostering Bono. You'll have to get the book and find out how Bono changed not only Helen's life and her relationship with her daughter, but how he helped change her relationship with her husband.. There, I've already disclosed too much!
I enjoyed this book so much I'm going to find her first best-seller about her cat, Cleo. Not only does she love kitties and write about them, but she writes well - not something always easy to find in the "cat stories" genre. Suffice it to say that Helen and Lydia also change Bono's life - and insure that he gets the chance he needs. I post kitties who are on "Death Row"in the NYC-ACC every day on FB and Bide-a-Wee is, thankfully, a far cry from the NYC-ACC. It's good to know there are places like Bide-a-Wee, which is Scots dialect for "Stay a While".
Look for this enjoyable book about a special needs kitty in the library, on Amazon Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, and just possibly in used book stores, although its copyright is 2018. As a person who has never been to NYC, and has absolutely no desire to go, I was afraid I would be put off by Helen's love affair with the place. Suffice it to say that her love affair with the city of "cold steel canyons" becomes a love affair with her foster kitty. Find out if Bono finds the forever home he deserves, if Helen and her husband get back together and if she returns to Australia. Guaranteed - you'll find this book thoroughly enjoyable!
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