"Many novels feature wild animals as central metaphors, but not many novels achieve the congruity of The Bobcat....While the novel does deal with what it means to suffer from PTSD, its tendency towards recovery, towards the natural world’s processes, makes it different from other fiction about survivors. It’s a slight volume, but a rich read."
"I want to amplify amazing works by writers who are women, womxn, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, APIA, international, LGBIA+, TGNC, queer, disabled, fat, immigrant, Muslim, neurodivergent, sex-positive or of other historically marginalized identities—you know, the rest of us; and I want to challenge and encourage you all to buy, borrow, and read them!"
Lori Hettler is the founder and moderator of The Next Best Book Club, one of the most popular groups on Goodreads.
"Melville had his whale, Faulkner his bear, and Forbes-Riley’s debut novel has at its symbolic center a bobcat. And not just any feline predator. Her cat limps, having been shot in the leg by a hunter. Belly distended, she is about to give birth. In this tightly crafted magical realism novel, she is pregnant, not just with kittens, but with meaning."
“Riley is newly arrived, but shows every sign she will join Vermont's outstanding contemporary authors.”
"Riley's prose sparkles and cracks with its own kind of power. Like a visit to the den of the titular bobcat, her novel makes us feel like we've witnessed something private, untamed and perhaps a little sacred."
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