Here Kitty Kitty
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
edheaded Lee is a lovely
, an artist who hasn't lifted a brush for ages and who earns the income (that she overspends like there's no tomorrow) as manager of the Tribeca restaurant, '
a chic converted diner
'. Lee's debt is out of control. She's a shopaholic addict who floats high over the surface of life, fuelled by drugs, booze and cigarettes. A friend calls her his '
favorite fucked-up party girl.
ee's life is a mess. How did it get that way? Seems that wildness turned into weakness after the departure of her lover Kai and the death of the mother who made her '
childhood into a paradise
'. Lee has a '
' named Yves, who '
was beguiled instead of bewildered by my desperate morning champagne, my fur jackets and cowboy hats
'. Is Lee his wild, immature
of the title? The catalyst for change in Lee's life is, ironically, introduced by Yves, who asks her to hire a new bartender. Lee sees Kelly as '
a little bit cowboy, a little bit Indian
', an interloper and an enigma. Kelly shed his own crazy years after '
' to people he loved. Gradually, the two are drawn to each other, and Lee begins to get her act together. She adopts a kitten named Angel, remembers past passion and paints again, telling us that '
art begets art.
ventually, Lee does grow up, seeing '
So many land mines in this new territory called adulthood. Talent has a window. Freedom sometimes becomes a trap. We may die before we finish our dreams.
' What I liked about
Here Kitty Kitty
is that Lee draws on her own resources - Jardine Libaire avoids the trite
happily ever after
ending, in which a dependent heroine is typically saved by romance. Though I wasn't sure I liked Lee or her story at first, both grew on me all the way to the very satisfactory conclusion.
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