Comments for The Grannyman
The Grannyman: 09/27/14
The Grannyman by Judy Schachner is about an old cat, Simon, and a new kitten, Tink. If you've read the more recent book, Bits & Pieces, Tink is the old cat now charged with teaching a new kitten the ways of the house.
Simon, the geriatric Siamese, is a realistically rendered cat. There's a scene where he climbs up onto the stove to warm his arthritic joints that really hits home. Caligula in her last months of life did exactly that, nearly daily.
Now of course this book and Bits & Pieces to a lesser degree, is about human companions transitioning from the life of one cat into the life of another by welcoming in a kitten. In Schachner's books the transitions seem to go easily. She coats over the hissing, bopping, growing, fighting and hiding that often goes with introducing new cats. Certainly we went through it with Caligula and Tortuga and now we're going through it again with Tortuga and Salmon.