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About The Book

For fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Murata Sayaka’s Earthlings, this Japanese bestseller from renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai features four inspirational and heartwarming vignettes following women and their cats in their quests for love and connection.

Lying alone on the edge of the sidewalk in an abandoned cardboard box, a nameless narrator contemplates the indifferent world around him. With his mother long gone, his only company is the sound of the nearby train. Just as he fears that the end is near, a young woman peers down at him, this fateful encounter changing their lives forever.

So begins the first story in She and Her Cat, a collection of four interrelated, stream-of-conscious short stories in which four women and their feline companions explore the frailty of life, the pain of isolation, and the limits of communication.

With clever narration alternating between the cats and their owners, She and Her Cat offers a unique and sly commentary on human foibles and our desire for connection. A whimsical short story anthology unlike any other, it effortlessly demonstrates that even in our darkest, most lonesome moments, we are still united to this wonderous world—often in ways we could never have expected.

About The Authors

Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

Makoto Shinkai is the hugely popular and multi-award-winning anime filmmaker of Your Name and Weathering with You

Naruki Nagakawa is a Japanese game and anime screenwriter, and novelist. She and Her Cat is inspired by Makoto Shinkai’s praised anime and written by Nagakawa, and will be published around the world. 

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (November 22, 2022)
  • Runtime: 4 hours and 8 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797151670

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"She and Her Cat is a whimsical collection of short stories each featuring a girl and her cat. Though the main characters in each tale are distinct, all of the the stories are interlinked, creating a delightful cat community where cats know each other and help each other out. The people in the stories also become interlinked in the best way. The narration is charming and all the people and cats have their own voices. With cat-like attitude, the cat voices draw you into their little world of survival and loving their people. The stories center on people struggling with something in their lives and the light that their pet cat brings them. This is a must-listen for all cat lovers. The strength of the narrators gives these stories heart and the reader can clearly picture these characters in their mind. This audio will leave you missing the characters and wishing there were more stories to continue in this charismatic world."

– Emily Borsa, Booklist

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