The Heartaches of a French Cat, 1989 first edition, by Barbara McClintock.

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Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock. First edition, 1989. David R. Godine, Publisher.

Minette, a young cat in 19th-century Paris who dreams of a better life, falls in love with the handsome Count Bisquet with whom she has a kitten. But the feckless Count abandons her for an actress, a cunning actress playing the role of The Chinese Beauty. Heartbroken, Minette leaves Count Bisquet and returns home to her mother and sister. When he annuals their marriage, the good, decent lawyer, Lionel, professes his love for her. But Minette decides to pursue her literary ambitions and writes Memoirs of a Pussy Cat. It becomes a hit! Minette moves her mother and sister to Memoir Manor, and eventually welcomes Lionel.

The book is wordless, presented as a stage drama where the reader is a member of the audience, and the characters' gestures and expressions tell the story. McClintock's beautiful and expressive pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings evoke the style and atmosphere of French art and literature.

Barbara McClintock (1955 - ) has written and illustrated over 40 books, including Adele & Simon and The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle. Her books are known for their whimsical humor, historical accuracy, and detailed illustrations. Book awards include Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book, New York Times top illustrated books, Kite Award, Parent's Choice, American Library Association notable book, and many others.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light tanning on the upper edge and spine; light bump to head of the spine. Burgundy cloth cover boards. Small, round label from original bookshop on back fly leaf else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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