The Bobcat

The Bobcat

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 thro Haunting and lyrical, The Bobcat is Katherine Forbes Riley?s magical debut novel in which Laurelie, a young art s...

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Title:The Bobcat
Author:Katherine Forbes Riley
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1948924099
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

The Bobcat Reviews

  • karen
    Apr 21, 2019
    NOW AVAILABLE!!! perhaps you will observe that this book is under 200 pages and you will think to yourself, ?my word! what a short book! i will read it quickly and be able to make some headway towards my reading goal for the year!? this? is not the book for that. yes, it...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 18, 2019
    Laurelie is an art student more comfortable on her own, and even more so after experiencing a sexual assault. She relocates to finish college and encounters a hiker who is even more connected to the natural world than she is. Healing through nature, finding a voice in art, the powe...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Jul 04, 2019
    "The Bobcat" is the story of Laurelie, a young woman, who upends her entire life after suffering a sexual assault. She just wants to feel safe again and leave everything behind. She runs to a small Vermont town where she hopes to be fully ensconced in classes. When she takes on a job w...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Mar 26, 2019
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'But she was still herself, though with a torn apart feeling now, that of once again breathing alone.' Laurelie is still reeling after being sexually assaulted, haunted even by the images of the of crowded Philadelphia, the menace...
  • Meghan
    Feb 17, 2019
    What a beautiful, thoughtful, touching debut. Part love letter to nature, part artist exploration, part love story set in a bygone era when life was simpler... the Bobcat had me at turns flipping pages to find out what happens, and re-reading pages to soak in the expansive and lovely p...
  • Matt
    Sep 04, 2019
    The Bobcat is an elegantly written story of recovery. When Laurelie is assaulted on her university campus, she escapes to the woods of New England to heal and finish her studies and refine her skills as an artist at a smaller, local college. While exploring a forested stream with a tod...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 21, 2019
    This is one of those fable like books that got to me and made me think. Some lovely writing about a difficult subject -- a young woman traumatized by a sexual assault who doesn't identify or accuse her abuser, but internalizes her pain and becomes more and more reclusive. Her trauma is...
  • Jen
    Jun 23, 2019
    Atmospheric, unusual, and lovely. It was like... slowly becoming human again. The Name of the Wind reference caught me off guard, and I loved it. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 31, 2019
    The Bobcat is a pretty special debut from author Katherine Forbes Riley. The Netgalley synopsis describes the novel as "haunting and lyrical", and I'd say that's pretty spot on. We follow Laurelie, a college student and art major who has just transferred to a new college after being se...
  • Angie Kim
    May 29, 2019
    I love gorgeous prose and magic realism, and the two combined together make for an amazing reading experience! ...
  • Carol Kean
    Feb 27, 2019
    A fresh and original voice is said to be the number-one thing publishers look for in a manuscript. Katherine Forbes Riley?s debut novel "The Bobcat" is definitely outside the mainstream, with unusual word choices that seem befitting of an unorthodox heroine. While the architecture an...
  • Madeline
    Jul 26, 2019
    Another book so gorgeously written that I don't even know how to sum up my thoughts.. Forbes Riley's language is so lush, descriptive and magical. She makes nature come alive, and captures the emotions felt by Laurelie, our main character, perfectly. I originally requested this boo...
  • Michelle
    May 31, 2019
    The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley clocks in at 160 pages. I'm sure you're thinking to yourself (like I did) - "Well, that's cool. I can breeze through this book, and add an easy notch to my reading goal for the year." Unfortunately, not so. With this special book, you find yours...
  • Dan
    Mar 23, 2019
    There are so many strong elements to this book, it's a little hard to know where to start. THE BOBCAT is a masterpiece of understated grace, an insightful study of trauma and healing, and a work whose narrative power shines with the strength of its skillful prose. There's something...
  • Nicole {Sorry, I'm Booked}
    Jun 03, 2019
    While I went into this book not really having any expectations, it definitely was not a story that I was expecting. Honestly, what got me to want to read this book was that it?s described as haunting and lyrical ? who can pass that up? While I agree with those words to describe ...
  • Linda
    May 27, 2019
    Life soon becomes a snare that entraps us when least expected. But it is the breaking free that visits the wild in all of us. Katherine Forbes Riley weaves a tale unlike what you've been accustomed to in ordinary fiction. She combines earthy prose with untapped human emotions rarely...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    Jun 11, 2019
    Haunting and lyrical, magical and yet melancholy, about traumas and art, imagination, a meditation on nature, nuture, and even medicine. THE BOBCAT (Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing, June 18 2019) is one of those quite debuts that will grab you by the scruff of your neck and won't let yo...
  • Heather
    May 26, 2019
    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.* *TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE* I was skeptical about picking this book up because the description sounded like something that could be really a hit or miss with me, but I am so glad th...
  • Glady
    Mar 04, 2019
    I received a free ARC from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book! The Bobcat is not for everyone since most of the story is internal monologue. Laurelie, a college student, is more of an observer than a participant in the college life. Her sexual assa...
  • Dorie
    Mar 15, 2019
    The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley due 6-15-2019 Arcade / Skyhorse 5 / 5 Fantastic and inspiring, this gave me all the feels-happiness, sadness, love, hope, humor and imagination. Written in an engaging and relatable way, I was instantly drawn into the life of Lauelie, and...
  • Carrie Carter
    May 19, 2019
    A ?haunting and lyrical? short novel that packs a punch. This beautifully written debut follows Laurelie, an art student, who suffers from the aftermath of a sexual assault. She transfers from a city university to a rural small school in Vermont. Hiding from human connections, Laur...
  • James Charlesworth
    Dec 22, 2018
    Poignant and evocative, lyrical and intimate?and above all startlingly original?Katherine Forbes Riley's mesmerizing debut The Bobcat is one of those rare novels that fully embraces the interiority of its characters while never sacrificing in story or pacing. Written in a unique an...
  • Abby Suzanne
    Feb 19, 2019
    This book is not what I was expecting in quite a few ways. First, the book was much shorter than I thought it would be. Though the book was under 200 pages, the author still managed to paint a pretty vivid picture of the main character, Laurelie. I was surprised by the amount of charac...
  • Maggie Tibbitt
    Feb 26, 2019
    I?m always looking for New Adult authors to try out so I was excited by finding this book. While there were some aspects of this book that were impressive to me, there were too many things that missed the mark for me. Riley is truly a great writer. Her descriptions were beautiful an...
  • Kirsty
    Apr 11, 2019
    Strange, beguiling, and really rather beautiful. ...
  • Audrey
    May 27, 2019
    This review is based on an ARC of The Bobcat which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publishers (Skyhorse Publishing and Arcade Publishing). Even mouthbreathers deserve love. <3 This debut novel from Katherine Forbes Riley is a gorgeous story of healing and loving in t...
  • Banshee
    Mar 26, 2019
    This novel follows Lauriele, an art major, who struggles to cope after being sexually assaulted at a party in University. She transfers schools and moves to Vermont where she starts to heal. She meets a young man, a hiker, and a bobcat who help with her healing. Lauriele?s artwork al...
  • Melanie Golding
    Apr 04, 2019
    The novel is richly observed, the depth and detail of its description a particular strength. It has been described as ?immersive? and I?ll tell you why: you will lose yourself in this book. The words and sentences are enough to keep you turning the pages, even if the story were l...
  • Megan Collins
    Apr 04, 2019
    In this beautiful book, Katherine Forbes Riley gives us a love story between two people living in relative isolation in the woods of Vermont. While Laurelie struggles to move past a sexual assault from her recent past, an enigmatic hiker follows a wounded bobcat and ends up pulling Lau...
  • ❤️
    Jan 26, 2019
    What a unique little book! The Bobcat is quite short in length, but packed with a lot of story, and is essentially about a young college student who, in the wake of a sexual assault, transfers to a college in a small Vermont town and chooses to interact with very few people aside from ...