Letters to Jennifer

2 March 2012

Letters to Jennifer from Maudie and Oliver
by Sharon Gray
Published by DriverWorks Ink
Review by Chris Ewing-Weisz
$16.95 ISBN 978-098103947-3

When a dear friend who lives far away has cancer, what can you do?

If you’re a pair of enterprising Siamese cats in Winnipeg, you write frequent, short, funny letters, full of news of your feline world, and include brief expressions of your love and care.

Jennifer is a real person, and Maudie and Oliver are real cats. The letters are real, too, from the pen of Maudie and Oliver’s “Live-In Person,” Sharon Gray. Written over the course of Jennifer’s illness, the letters offer a cat’s-eye view of the world that is frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always engaging.

Anyone who has lived with cats will admire the closely observed feline behaviour and distinct individual characters of Maudie and Oliver. Anyone who has been through a personal disaster will appreciate the light touch and frequent but understated expressions of care. And anyone who’s ever felt helpless in the face of someone else’s suffering will find ample inspiration in this delightful work. Gray’s keen eye, good heart, and smart pen are well complemented by Erika Folnovic’s charming drawings.

This is a book to lift the spirits. Moreover, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to cancer programs. So whether you buy it for inspiration, for charity, or just for fun, for yourself or as a gift, don’t miss Letters to Jennifer.


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