What if a man who lost his foot in a war decides, many years later, to find it? "It was a good foot, and we parted so hurriedly I never had a chance to really think about it as a foot, so off I went..." So begins this lean little novel a quest, a wandering, a contemplation of the immense foolishness of war. Terse but filled with adventure and wonder, Cat s Foot is surely the most unusual fiction you will read this year or perhaps any year...
Praise from Readers
"Such a tiny book in this era of epic tomes, and yet, it is perfect and complete. As one who grew up under the shadow of the Vietnam war, I found Cat's Foot a comforting way to bring some closure to that time. The book never says it takes place in Vietnam, so it could be about other wars, but for me it was about seeking resolution to all that was lost in those times. Beyond the story itself, Brian Doyle's writing never ceases to uplift me. Among many wonderful descriptions is this most perfect capturing of how one person can nourish another just by being: "She was a good person to have entered your life, whether or not she stayed in your life. I felt better myself, a little deeper, like I was a lake and she was good rain and now I was a little bigger lake." Reading Brian Doyle always leaves me a little bigger lake."—Five-Star Amazon Review
"Along Cat's implausible journey to find something impossible to find, you hear him say things you never heard before, told in ways that make you marvel. Cat's eyes have seen everything it seems. Forgotten nothing.—Bill Gunlocke, Editor, A City Reader
"This small gem of a book gives the reader much to think about on the nature of war, human nature, forgiveness, healing, and matters of the heart. I highly recommend it."—Cindy Hudson, Mother Daughter Book Club