Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper (Bantam, January 2013)
Let me admit outright, I am not a fan of books narrated by animals, no matter how cute they animal is. Gwen Cooper the author of the bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey, turns her hand to fiction, with Prudence, a Lower East Side narrates the story of how she and Sarah came to become family and what happens when she goes to live with Sarah’s daughter Laura and heals a lifetime of hurt. It was the Lower East Side setting that peaked my interest with details of the once un-gentrified section of the city. Cooper has done a great deal of research to get everyday life in the seventies and eighties right; she also extends the setting to the emergence of alternative and punk rock in the nineteen sixties and those who lived through it. Her characters are pleasantly flawed and we don’t realize that there were deep seeded reasons for Laura and Sarah’s estrangement and difficult relationship. Loves Saves the Day shows the fierce side of love and the gentle side of love that slowly creeps up on a person and changes them right down to their very socks---or white feet if you’re a cat.