by Patricia Halloff
Sisypuss, a feline optimist and true believer in luck (though most of his is bad), reminisces about the homeless journey through truths and lies, danger and safety, love and enmity, made with his skeptical brother Bob and an odd assortment of characters met along the way. Three paws in the grave, Sisypuss interweaves memories and his present life as Booley's cat companion with Booley's seriocomic troubles with drugs (he enrolls in clinical trials as a work alternative), faithless women, and poetry editors. Sisypuss tells how, among other things, he and Bob survive an animal shelter, a research lab which wrecks their health, a loved guardian's death, a godforsaken wood where his try at love with a feline heartbreaker leaves him singing the castrato blues, and, finally, the overwhelming event leading him to Booley.
Among the many trials the narrator Sisypuss endures is a stint as a subject in a sleep-deprivation "study" from which he's rescued by an unnamed animal liberation group.