Three Reasons Why You Should Read THE ASTONISHING THING by Sandi Ward

All right animals lovers, have I got a book for you!

Fellow Kensington author Sandi Ward is visiting my blog today to share three reasons why you should read her October 31st release, The Astonishing Thing. If the cover alone hasn’t pulled you in, take a look at this blurb and Sandi’s three reasons…

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.

“A unique and poignant tale of a family’s struggle as witnessed by someone who sees everything…a triumphant debut for Sandi Ward.” — Helen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Cleo

Sandi’s Three Reasons….

Thanks very much Sharon for hosting me on your blog! I would love to share with readers 3 reasons why they should read THE ASTONISHING THING.

  1. A cat’s point of view. Have you ever noticed your cat staring at you and wondered what she was thinking? Here’s your chance to get a look inside the mind of a cat. My narrator Boo is very loving, but she can be sassy too, and has a wicked sense of humor. She finds human behavior perplexing at times! (Don’t we all?)
  2. The setting: northern Massachusetts. This novel takes place in the cold woods north of Boston, a perfect setting to read about this holiday season. While you learn more about Boo getting snow on her paws or playing with the decorations on the Christmas tree, you can be warm and safe curled up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa. Perfect!
  3. Hope for families struggling with serious issues, like mental illness. Boo doesn’t understand why her family can’t stay together forever, and why her humans don’t always act in predictable ways. When her human mother suddenly leaves the house one day and doesn’t return, Boo has no idea how the family is going to cope. But she comes to learn that families are worth saving, in whatever shape or form they take in the end. Humans are very adaptable, and cats are too.



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Sandi Ward grew up in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University, and received her MA in Creative Writing at New York University, where she studied with E.L. Doctorow. She now lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, teenagers, dog and a big black cat named Winnie. Sandi is a medical writer at an ad agency in New Jersey, specializing in psychiatry and pain management.

Her first novel for Kensington Books is titled THE ASTONISHING THING, and it launches October 31, 2017. Her second novel is titled SOMETHING WORTH SAVING, available November 2018.

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3 responses to “Three Reasons Why You Should Read THE ASTONISHING THING by Sandi Ward

  1. Terri-Lynne DeFino

    That looks really unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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