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.
Wow, this sounds like such a great book! Thank you for the review, and for the chance to win. 🙂
Glad to win and gift to a USA pal!!
Intriguing and romantic all in one package!
I’m always trying to broaden my reading and read more books in translation from other countries, and this sounds like a delightful way to do that!
That sounds like a great book. You should add this link to the It’s Monday What are You Reading? blog hop.
My mom needs to read more and this sounds like a good book.
This book sounds like a delightful read! Thanks for the great review!
That sounds like a super book…thanks for the review!
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This book sounds like a winner!
Sounds like a sweet love story!
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That does sound good indeed!
So many books that the humans want to read but can’t find time.
I’d love to read this book in either Spanish or English.
Thanks for telling us about it. I hope I win!
Sounds like a lovely story!
The book sounds really cute. Something I might read on a quite night at home with a kitty snuggling near me
I had never heard about this book or this author, but if it has a cat in it, it must be a great book 🙂
I recently discovered a romance titled “The Guest Cat” by Takashi Hiraide. From the reviews I’ve read the cat plays a much more important role in this book. I’m quite curious about this book and can’t wait to read it. Maybe you’ll find it interesting too.
It sounds like a really cute book, Janet! Hope you all are staying warm! 🙂
Sounds like a cute book! We’d love to win a copy!
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I would love to read this. Sounds very interesting!!
Well if you enjoyed it – I bet I would!
Great review!!! The books sounds really good. I too, love a well-written book regardless of the subject!!!
Sounds like an interesting book!
This sounds like a very charming book!