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The Bobcat

(2019)
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Haunting and lyrical, The Bobcat is Katherine Forbes Riley's magical debut novel in which Laurelie, a young art student who suffers in the aftermath of a sexual assault, has grown progressively more isolated and fearful. She transfers from her busy city university to a small college in rural Vermont, where she retreats into her vivid imagination, experiencing the world through her art. Most comfortable in the company of the child for whom she babysits, and most at ease in the woods, Laurelie has shunned any connection with her peers. One day, while exploring the woods, she and her young charge encounter an injured pregnant bobcat - and the hiker who has been following it for hundreds of miles. In the hiker and his feline companion Laurelie recognizes someone as reclusive and wary as herself. The hiker, too, finds human companionship painful to endure, yet he is drawn to wounded Laurelie the way he is drawn to the bobcat. As Laurelie moves toward recovery and reconnection she also finds her voice as an artist, and a sense of purpose, maybe even a future, comes into sight. Then the child goes missing in the woods, threatening the bobcat, the hiker, and the fragile peace Laurelie has constructed. With the hypnotic intensity of Emily Fridlund's The History of Wolves and Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest, Riley has created a mesmerizing love story, in lush, gorgeous prose, that examines art, science, and the magic of human chemistry.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"By turns raw, hallucinogenic, redemptive, and always deeply intelligent, it’s a novel of the moment and one that deserves a wide audience." - Jack Livings


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
ISBN: 1-948924-09-9 / 978-1-948924-09-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
ISBN: 1-72138-545-2 / 978-1-72138-545-4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
ISBN: 1-72138-547-9 / 978-1-72138-547-8
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
Publisher: Arcade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bobcat: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Forbes Riley
Publisher: Arcade
Availability: Amazon UK