This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
From the moment Grace sees Roger at a party lavishing affection on a cat, she knows that there is something strangely special about him. New York has been hard on Grace, and she's struck by the kind, confident stranger.
The two become roommates soon after; and though Roger has some odd, reclusive habits, his positive effect on Grace's life is immediate, and she's happier than she's been in ages. It's not long before Grace's life begins to revolve around Roger and the two fall in love. But Roger has a strange secret that goes far beyond his apparent eccentricities. Things take an eerie turn when Grace finds herself helping him through a bizarre transition.
Award-winning author Heather Monley's Cat Man is a surreal tale of transformation and the unintended consequences of falling in love.