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NOT EVERYONE WHO LIVES WITH 50 CATS IS A CRAZY OLD LADY
Kat O’Malley is living the nine lives of a cat and not having an easy time of it. After 400 years on the wrong side of prejudice, intolerance, poverty and even witch hunts, all she really wants to do in her fifth life is hide out on a mirage with a bunch of cats.
When a man wanders into her mirage and hears her story, he convinces her to work as a history teacher at a nearby school. Skeptical at first, Kat ventures off her mirage to teach lessons from her own experience that never made it into the history books.
But when the nightmares of her past resurface, will she retreat forever into the safety of her cat-filled mirage? Or will she embrace her new life, her teaching and the love of the one person who knows her secret?
FIFTH LIFE OF THE CATWOMAN won the Writer’s Digest National Self-Publishing Award for Fiction when it was first released, and the audiobook edition (Arania Books) won the Silver Award in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year.
“It’s easy to find history written by those who win, those who hold power. It’s hard to find history written by the ones who lose,” says the mystery history teacher, Kat O’Malley. Unbeknownst to her students, she’s living the nine lives of a cat, and her history lessons come from four hundred years of underdog experience with witch trials, prejudice, intolerance and poverty. With much coaxing from the school’s headmaster—a man with as many secrets in his past as Kat has in hers—“the CatWoman” ventures out from the mirage oasis she shares with fifty cats to teach lessons that never made it into the history books. Through her considerable gifts as a storyteller, she teaches a new generation to live as if they, too, had to live nine lives and jump back eight times into any messes they create.
But when history repeats itself and the nightmare intolerance of Kat’s past resurfaces, will she retreat forever into the safety of her cat-filled mirage? Or will she embrace her new life, her teaching and the love of the one person who knows her secret?