All the Furs and Feathers, the inaugural novel in the Cat Tales Series by the talented author Eileen O’Finlan, is a captivating animal fiction that will steal your heart. The story revolves around the lives of Smokerina and Autumn Amelia, two feline sisters who are coping with the loss of their parents and living together in a cozy cottage. Autumn, renowned for her culinary skills, is regarded as the finest baker in the world, while Smokey, a talented architect, works at Fluffington ArCATecture.
When Smokey lands the project of her career, constructing the first cat park, Abigail Fluffington promises to make her a partner if the project succeeds. Simultaneously, Smokey has the opportunity to work on a project that has the potential to revolutionize animal relations forever. Throughout the story, readers will witness the heartwarming moments shared by family, friends, and strangers with similar interests, as well as the reconciliation between age-old foes, such as cats and rodents.
The author employs personification throughout the book to drive the plot forward, imbuing animals with human-like characteristics while still preserving their species-specific traits. Many of the animals are dressed like humans; some even work and drive, have access to education and recreation and dine on human food. Despite this, some cats question their feline nature, while others suffer from mental health issues. Additionally, the author’s witty use of cat puns adds a charming touch while keeping cats at the forefront of the narrative.
In my opinion, All the Furs and Feathers is a true masterpiece. The story’s concept is symbolic, and the characters are utterly lovable. The narrative is also an allegory for social divide, activism, and the pursuit of equality, as some animals strive to coexist peacefully with one another. This is an ideal book for cat and animal lovers of all ages. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel, and I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a heartwarming read.
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