At the outset, author Mayumi Inaba is working for an interior design agency while writing poetry and fiction on the side with her sights set on becoming a published writer. One day near the end of summer in 1977, she rescues a newborn kitten from the banks of a river on the outskirts of Tokyo. From that day forward, her home becomes a household of three?herself, her husband, and the kitten. She names the newcomer Mii, and as the days go by, she finds life with Mii filled with new discoveries. Three years later, her husband is transferred to Osaka, and at about the same time, one of her stories wins a new-writer contest. It is a time of new beginnings, but also of many uncertainties. In the end, she and her husband grow farther apart, and get divorced.
The author and Mii move to a small apartment in downtown Tokyo. She starts up an editorial production company with a friend, but also continues writing fiction, gains increasing recognition for it, and over the course of months and years becomes an established literary figure. Mii is with her through thick and thin. Before she knows it, nearly 20 years have gone by since she first brought Mii home. She remains devoted to Mii as she grows older, but the time comes when she must bid her beloved cat a final farewell . . .
The story of the deep bond between the author and her cat is sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes. This new pocket paperback edition includes an unpublished collection of poems the author wrote at 19, discovered among her effects after her death in 2014.