Samuel is an introverted romantic. He lives alone until a stray cat arrives at his door on New Year’s Day. The cat invites himself inside. After a saucer of milk and being dubbed Mishima, a series of events are set in motion. These bring Samuel into contact with some exceptionally quirky (well-developed) characters.
This international best seller, originally written in Spanish, by Francesc Miralles, delves into Samuel’s burgeoning realationshps with each of these individuals, including Gabriela, who he fell in love with at age six and encounters by chance 30 years later. His ineptitude as a suitor is touching and often a bit heartbreaking. Gabriela is not easily impressed my this strange man who claims to have known her as a child. I’ll leave it to you to find out what occurs in their relationship when you read this romantic comedy.
You’ll also meet editor Titus, Samuel’s upstairs’ neighbor, the enigmatic, bearded Valdemar, the vet Meritxell and the red-haired man whose strange idiosyncratic behavior becomes an obsession of Valdemar and then Samuel.
I am always impressed by well-written books regardless of the subject matter. The prose is exceptional in the English translation of thisnovel. Previously translated into 20 other languages, Love in Lowercase has received glowing reviews from around the world.
Some storylines in the book are unresolved at it’s conclusion making me hope that Miralles is planning a sequel. And if he does, I’ll be looking for more of Mishima. His role is much too small, especially as he is the catalyst for all that happens.
Author Francesc Miralles was born in Barcelona, which is the setting for Love in Lowercase. He studied journalism, English literature and German. He’s worked as an editor, translator, ghost writer and musician.
Love in Lowercase went on sale on January 26, and you can find it at Amazon.com.
The Cat on My Head will be giving away three copies of Love in Lowercase thanks to Penguin Random House. The giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents (no P.O. boxes). If you live outside the U.S. you may still enter and gift your book to a U.S. resident should you win. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 14.