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The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

By musicisthegoodlife, Daegu, Korea, Republic of

Every once in a while, we come across a novel with the grace and beauty of a poem; with each sentence, phrase, and word flowing across the pages like the warm flow of water trickling along a river. Author Kathi Appelt's debut novel 'The Underneath' was so; with its beautifully poetic wording and enchanting tale. From the very first page, I found myself drawn into the magical and mysteriously suspenseful world of 'The Underneath'.

A small calico cat, about to have kittens, walks across an old forgotten forest in loneliness. The loneliness hurts more for she knows what it is like to be loved then abandoned. While she is in the forest, she hears the lonely blue song of a chained-up hound in the midst of the woods of Bayou. Their loneliness is what binds them together into an unlikely couple and soon, into an inseparable family.

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